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Shane O'Brien | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/9/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230
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Shane O'Brien is already working hard in informal workouts as he attempts to make the Panthers' roster.
He is going to attend camp on a tryout basis. O'Brien brings only one thing to the table of interest to poolies--penalty minutes. If O'Brien does make the squad and you need some PIMS from your blueline, the veteran could be a viable pick. However bear in mind, he will likely be a healthy scratch from time to time. Sep 13 - 11:00 AM

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Shane O'Brien will join the Florida Panthers at training camp on a professional tryout.

He was bought out by the Flames in July after he split time between the NHL and AHL last season. In 45 appearances with Calgary, O'Brien had three assists and 58 penalty minutes.
Sep 3 - 11:27 AM

Shane O'Brien cleared waivers on Tuesday and is now an unrestricted free agent.

O'Brien will be bought out by the Flames as he still had a year left on his contract at $2.2 million. He played 45 games for the Flames but was in the minors after being sent down on January 26.
Jul 1 - 12:06 PM

Shane O'Brien has been placed on unconditional waivers by the Calgary Flames.

He's expected to be bought out by the Flames once he clears. He had one season left on a deal worth $2.2 million. O'Brien was sent down to the minors in late January after he suited up in 45 games for Calgary.
Jun 30 - 12:44 PM

The Calgary Flames will try and trade defenseman Shane O'Brien.

The Flames placed O'Brien on waivers Saturday and he passed through but president Brian Burke thought that the year remaining on his contract was the reason for the defenseman going unclaimed. "Shane cleared (Sunday ) and we thought someone might grab him because he's a good player," Burke said. "Obviously the extra year of his contract is the killer, so now we'll see if we can structure a trade (in the new CBA you can retain salary deals) and we'll see if there's a team that would take him if we aren't part of the obligations . . . that will be the first order of the day — to see if we can structure a deal for him." Calgary sent him to the minors Sunday.
Jan 27 - 5:44 AM

The Calgary Flames successfully sent Shane O'Brien to the AHL, as he'll report to the Abbotsford Heat after clearing waivers on Sunday.

O'Brien has been solid for PIM this season (58 in 45 GP) and in his career (911 in 528 GP), and that's about it for fantasy value. There are guys who get bigger PIM, so this isn't a huge loss.
Jan 26 - 1:01 PM

Shane O'Brien has been placed on waivers.

In 45 games this season, he has three assists, 58 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating. Teams looking to add some toughness to their back ends may take a look at claiming him.
Jan 25 - 2:39 PM

Shane O'Brien will suit up in Thursday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

He was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's loss to Phoenix after he earned an assist in Monday's win over Colorado. O'Brein has averaged just 11:03 of ice time in 38 appearances this season.
Jan 9 - 1:01 PM

Shane O'Brien will take part in his 500th career game on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.

O'Brien has 13 goals, 77 assists, and 880 career penalty minutes. "To play my 500th tonight, it's pretty special ... It's a pretty cool feeling and obviously without the support of my mom, dad and sister, I would have never [gotten] here," O'Brien said. "I'll definitely be thinking of them tonight and it's cool playing my former team." O'Brien spent two seasons with the Avalanche before he was traded to the Calgary Flames.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 05:44:00 PM

Shane O'Brien had a big game fantasy-wise on Wednesday, picking up 17 minutes in a loss to the Maple Leafs.

O'Brien got an instigator minor, a five minute major for fighting and a ten minute misconduct for going after Carter Ashton of the Maple Leafs who had just boarded O'Brien's teammate, Derek Smith. O'Brien was just taking care of his teammate although the Flames did lose a chance to go on the power play. O'Brien will get lots of penalty minutes with the Flames this season but should only get a few points so he will need to be in a deep league in order to have any fantasy value.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 05:00:00 AM

Shane O'Brien played well in the Flames' 3-2 loss to Edmonton in split-squad exhibition hockey action Saturday night.

He was a physical presence all night long and even registered an assist on the tying goal. If O'Brien can can carve out some meaningful playing time on the Flames' blueline, he could be a nice source for PIMs.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 01:24:00 PM

The Calgary Flames want recently acquired defenseman Shane O'Brien to be trash talking on the ice.

"Quite frankly, that's something we need on our team," GM Jay Feaster said. "It's been a concern of mine for some time â€" we're a very quiet team. Our guys are quiet in the room. We're quiet on the bench. It used to be a lament of (former coach Brent Sutter). It used to drive us to distraction, really, how quiet (it was)." The Flames were also a small team last season and the size of O'Brien, along with his feistiness, will certainly help. Look for O'Brien to be a force in fantasy hockey with his penalty minute totals, while chipping in with 10-15 points.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 06:46:00 AM

Shane O'Brien was known for his partying when he was a member of the Vancouver Canucks years ago, but that chapter of his life is behind him.

"I was a little bit younger then," he said. "I've learned my lesson with that kind of stuff. That’s in my past. I know a lot of people still joke about it. But if you ask the guys who have played with me, I take my job extremely serious. Everyone likes to have fun now and then, but I've definitely grown up. Hockey is definitely my main priority." O'Brien was traded to the Calgary Flames as part of a four player exchange. He doesn't have much offensive upside, but he can provide fantasy owners with about two penalty minutes per game.
Fri, Jun 28, 2013 08:19:00 AM

Shane O'Brien has been shipped to Calgary by Colorado.

O'Brien was traded with David Jones for Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich. In 28 games with the Avalanche, O'Brien had four assists and 60 penalty minutes. O'Brien should land a role on Calgary's defense corps in 2013-14.
Thu, Jun 27, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Shane O'Brien played for just the seventh time this season on Tuesday.

O'Brien has spent the better part of the 2013 campaign in the press box. Even when the Avalanche lose blueliners to injuries, they seem to typically play youngsters over O'Brien. What makes the decision particularly puzzling is that O'Brien is in the first season of a three-year/$6 million contract. "Nobody likes sitting out, but it is what it is," O'Brien said. "They're giving some young guys a look and a chance, and that's part of the game. At the same time, I feel like I can still play. Whenever I get my chance, I've got to prove that again." O'Brien had a plus-one rating, four hits, and four blocked shots in 17:13 minutes in Colorado's 3-2 shootout loss Tuesday.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Feb 27, 2013 08:44:00 AM

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