|Assets:||Is an impressive physical specimen who uses his size effectively. Can intimidate the opposition, fight on occasion and generally play an in-your-face style of defense. On occasion, he likes to jump up into the play.|
|Flaws:||Struggles against quick forwards as a general rule. Will at times take bad penalties that place his team in trouble. Doesn't have a ton of offensive ability and will get caught out of position due to his wandering ways.|
|Career Potential:||Veteran physical defenseman.|
|6/30/2014||Placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames for the purpose of buying him out.|
|1/26/2014||Assigned to the Abbotsford Heat (AHL).|
|1/25/2014||Placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames.|
|6/27/2013||Acquired from the Colorado Avalanche.|
|6/25/2012||Re-signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a three-year contract.|
|1/18/2012||Missed 4 games (knee injury).|
|1/12/2012||Knee injury, injured reserve.|
|1/09/2012||Knee injury, day-to-day.|
|7/13/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.|
|1/18/2011||Missed 2 games (suspension).|
|1/14/2011||Suspended by the NHL for two games.|
|10/05/2010||Acquired from the Vancouver Canucks.|
|7/06/2010||Re-signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a one-year contract.|
|4/15/2010||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|4/10/2010||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|4/06/2010||Missed 3 games (suspension).|
|4/01/2010||Suspended by the Vancouver Canucks for three games.|
|11/05/2009||Suspended by the NHL for one game.|
|7/06/2009||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Vancouver Canucks to a one-year contract.|
|10/06/2008||Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning.|
|4/05/2008||Missed the last 5 games of the regular season (Undisclosed).|
|6/21/2007||Re-signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning to a two-year contract.|
|2/24/2007||Acquired from the Anaheim Ducks.|
|8/03/2006||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Anaheim Ducks to a one-year contract.|
|9/26/2005||Assigned to Portland (AHL).|
|9/14/2004||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|10/08/2003||Signed by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a three-year contract.|
|9/22/2003||Assigned to Cincinnati (AHL).|
|6/27/2013||Calgary Flames traded Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O'Brien.|
|7/13/2011||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Colorado Avalanche.|
|10/05/2010||Vancouver Canucks traded Shane O'Brien and Dan Gendur to the Nashville Predators for Jonas Andersson and Ryan Parent.|
|10/06/2008||Tampa Bay Lightning traded Shane O'Brien and Michel Ouellet to the Vancouver Canucks for Lukas Krajicek and Juraj Simek.|
|2/24/2007||Tampa Bay traded Gerald Coleman and 2007 first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for Shane O'Brien and a 2007 third-round draft pick.|
|6/22/2003||Drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round (250th overall) in 2003.|
Shane O'Brien clears waivers | 07/01/2014 12:06 PM
NewsShane O'Brien cleared waivers on Tuesday and is now an unrestricted free agent.
Calgary will try and trade Shane O'Brien | 01/27/2014 5:44 AM
NewsThe Calgary Flames will try and trade defenseman Shane O'Brien.
ImpactThe 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.
Shane O'Brien clears waivers to Abbotsford | 01/26/2014 1:01 PM
NewsThe Calgary Flames successfully sent Shane O'Brien to the AHL, as he'll report to the Abbotsford Heat after clearing waivers on Sunday.
Tim Wharnsby on Twitter
ImpactO'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.
Calgary puts Shane O'Brien on waivers | 01/25/2014 2:39 PM
NewsShane O'Brien has been placed on waivers.
Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
ImpactIn 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.
Shane O'Brien will return Thursday | 01/09/2014 1:01 PM
NewsShane O'Brien will suit up in Thursday's game against the St. Louis Blues.
Roger Millions on Twitter
ImpactHe 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.
Shane O'Brien gets ready for 500th game | 11/08/2013 5:44 PM
NewsShane O'Brien will take part in his 500th career game on Friday against the Colorado Avalanche.
ImpactO'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.
Shane O'Brien has 17 penalty minutes Wednes. | 10/31/2013 5:00 AM
NewsShane O'Brien had a big game fantasy-wise on Wednesday, picking up 17 minutes in a loss to the Maple Leafs.
ImpactO'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.
Shane O'Brien steps up in first game | 09/15/2013 1:24 PM
NewsShane O'Brien played well in the Flames' 3-2 loss to Edmonton in split-squad exhibition hockey action Saturday night.
ImpactHe 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.
Flames want Shane O'Brien to talk trash | 07/04/2013 6:46 AM
NewsThe Calgary Flames want recently acquired defenseman Shane O'Brien to be trash talking on the ice.
Impact"Quite frankly, that's something we need on our team," GM Jay Feaster said. "It's been a concern of mine for some time ?" 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.
O'Brien's partying lifestyle is behind him | 06/28/2013 8:19 AM
NewsShane 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.
Impact"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.
Shane O'Brien heads to Flames following trade | 06/27/2013 6:44 PM
NewsShane O'Brien has been shipped to Calgary by Colorado.
ImpactO'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.
Shane O'Brien gets rare game out of press box | 02/27/2013 9:44 AM
NewsShane O'Brien played for just the seventh time this season on Tuesday.
ImpactO'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.
Shane O'Brien a healthy scratch Monday | 02/19/2013 8:16 AM
NewsShane O'Brien and Michael Sgarbossa were healthy scratches on Monday.
ImpactO'Brien sat out so Stefan Elliott could make his seasonal debut. The Avs were looking to improve their lackluster offensive output and it must have worked as they pumped six goals past the Nashville netminders Chris Mason and Pekka Rinne.
O'Brien is back in the Avalanche's lineup | 02/04/2013 6:26 PM
NewsShane O'Brien will finally get to play on Monday after seven of Colorado's first eight games in the press box.
ImpactO'Brien is getting an opportunity because Ryan Wilson (ankle) is sidelined. "Excited to be back. Never want to see anybody get hurt, especially a guy like 'Willie,' who has been playing so well, but that's part of the business and I get another opportunity here," O'Brien said. Due in part to the lockout, he has only played once in the last nine months, so rust might be a factor.
Shane O'Brien still awaiting opportunity | 02/03/2013 11:23 AM
NewsShane O'Brien was a healthy scratch again for Colorado's 3-1 win over Edmonton Saturday.
ImpactAfter he was a mainstay in the Colorado lineup last season, O'Brien has only dressed once for the club this year. It has been speculated the team may be attempting to shop him around the league in an effort to get help up front, but if teammate Ryan Wilson's new injury keeps him on the shelf for an extended period of time O'Brien will be needed to take his place. If he finds a permanent place in the lineup he has a chance to deliver value in leagues that reward penalty minutes.
Shane O'Brien stays in the press box | 02/01/2013 10:51 AM
NewsShane O'Brien was a healthy scratch yet again on Thursday.
ImpactO'Brien has only played in one of Colorado's first seven games. He got regular time last season and inked a three-year/$6 million extension over the summer. All the same, he can't be counted on to have any fantasy value this season.
O'Brien will stay in the press box Thursday | 01/24/2013 10:34 AM
NewsShane O'Brien will spend his third straight game in the press box on Thursday.
ImpactO'Brien had 20 points and 105 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. The Avalanche have a defensive logjam, so O'Brien might continue to be marginalized unless there's an injury.
Shane O'Brien will be healthy scratch again | 01/22/2013 3:48 PM
NewsShane O'Brien will be a healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.
Adrian Dater on Twitter
ImpactO'Brien's fantasy value was limited to begin with and the lack of playing time certainly doesn't help. It is strange, however, that he's not playing after the Avs signed him to a three-year extension in the offseason.
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|Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||0|
|Assists||1||3 times-last:at Col||last:Jan 6||1|
|Points||1||3 times-last:at Col||last:Jan 6||1|
|Penalty Minutes||17||vs. Tor||Oct 30||14|
|Plus/Minus||1||8 times-last:at Van||last:Jan 18||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||0|
|Power Play Points||0||45 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||45 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||45 times-last:vs. Nas||last:Jan 24||0|
|Shots||2||3 times-last:at Van||last:Jan 18||4|
|Games||80||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Nas)|
|Assists||17||2 times-last: 2011-12 (Col)|
|Penalty Minutes||196||2008-09 (TB/Van)|
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