Tanner Glass, left, had 72 penalty minutes in 73 games last season for the Canucks. ((Paul Bereswill/Getty Images))

The Winnipeg Jets have made their first splash in the free agent pool.

On Friday, the team reportedly signed gritty forward Tanner Glass to a one-year deal worth $750,000 US on the first day of NHL free agency.

Glass, 27, is getting a raise from the $625,000 he earned last season while playing for the Vancouver Canucks. In 73 games last year, the grinder scored three goals and seven assists while amassing 72 penalty minutes.

The six-foot, 190-pound Regina, Sask. native began his career with the Florida Panthers in 2007 and signed with the Canucks in 2009. In 184 career games, Glass has eight goals and 15 assists.

The Jets also tapped into the local market, reportedly signing defenceman and Winnipeg native Derek Meech to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 in the AHL.

Meech spent parts of the last four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and has four goals and 12 assists in 126 games with the franchise. The 27-year-old was originally drafted by the Red Wings 229th overall in 2002, playing his junior hockey with the Red Deer Rebels.