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55 Shane O'Brien D
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 8/9/1983 | Birthplace: Port Hope, Ontario, Canada | Team: Calgary Flames | College: None | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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7/1/2014

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Shane O'Brien

O'Brien Waived By Flames

News: The Flames have placed Shane O'Brien on unconditional waivers.
Analysis: The move was made for the purposes of a buyout, so the veteran blueliner -- who recorded three assists in 45 games with the Flames this past season -- is poised to become a free agent.

6/30/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Flames' O'Brien A Candidate For Compliance Buyout

News: Shane O'Brien will likely have his contract bought out by the Flames, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reports.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien appeared in 45 games for the Flames last season, but was reassigned to the AHL in January. The 30-year-old defenseman was due to make $2.2 million in 2014-15, so the team decided to go the route of a compliance buyout. This will give them more cap room to potentially make a move in free agency.

1/27/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Flames' O'Brien Sent To AHL

News: Shane O'Brien was reassigned to AHL Abbotsford on Sunday, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: With no team taking a flier on Shane O'Brien while on waivers, the 30-year-old is set to take up residence in Abbotsford for the foreseeable future. He's notched all of three assists in 45 games with Calgary this season.

1/25/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Flames Place O'Brien On Waivers

News: Shane O'Brien was placed on waivers Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Analysis: After Shane O'Brien had a poor showing Friday vs. the Predators (minus-3 rating in just 5:37 of ice time), the organization evidently decided it was better to explore other options on the blue line at this juncture. O'Brien, who has three points, 58 penalty minutes, and a minus-8 rating in 45 games with the Flames this season, will likely report to AHL Abbotsford if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

12/1/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Flames' O'Brien Enters Lineup Saturday

News: Shane O'Brien (illness) is in the lineup Saturday vs. the Kings, Pat Steinberg of Sporstnet 960 The Fan reports.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien had been dealing with the illness during last Saturday's practice, but his absence from the lineup the past two games probably didn't have much to do with him being under the weather. The defenseman hasn't been especially productive with two points in 21 games this season and seems like he has a decent chance at being scratched by coach Bob Hartley on any given night.

11/24/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Flames' O'Brien Feeling Ill

News: Shane O'Brien missed Saturday's practice with an illness, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports.
Analysis: The illness must have been an overnight development for Shane O'Brien, who played his usual minutes in Friday's win over the Panthers. He'll most likely be ready to go when the Flames resume action Wednesday vs. the Blackhawks.

10/7/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Calgary's O'Brien Finds Scoresheet

News: Shane O'Brien found the scoresheet for the first time as a Flame on Sunday, notching an assist in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien is mostly used for depth; he'll switch in and out of the third defensive pairing throughout the season.

6/27/2013

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Shane O'Brien

O'Brien Traded To Flames

News: Shane O'Brien and David Jones were traded from Colorado to Calgary on Thursday in exchange for Alex Tanguay (knee) and Cory Sarich, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien was a frequent healthy scratch with the Avalanche last season but may be able to help Calgary with depth and toughness along the blue line. He scored four points and racked up 60 penalty minutes in 28 games last season.

2/4/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Back In Lineup Monday

News: Shane O'Brien will return to the Avs' lineup Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien has been scratched in seven of eight games this season, but will take the lineup in place of the injured Ryan Wilson (ankle).

2/3/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Still Riding Bench

News: Shane O'Brien was a healthy scratch for the seventh time in eight games Saturday against San Jose, The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Despite playing in 76 of 82 games with the Avs last season, Shane O'Brien is having a tough time finding a spot in the lineup. He should not be in anyone's fantasy rotation right now.

1/19/2013

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Sitting Out Season Opener

News: Shane O'Brien will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's season opener against Minnesota, the The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: This is somewhat surprising, as Shane O'Brien played in all but six games last season, and racked up 20 points as one of the Avs' more reliable defensemen. Keep an eye on his status going forward - it could be that coach Joe Sacco is still tinkering with his blue line pairings. O'Brien figures to get in there sooner or later.

6/26/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Colorado Signs O'Brien To Three-Year Deal

News: Shane O'Brien signed a three-year, $6 million deal with the Avalanche on Tuesday, The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien totaled 20 points, including 17 assists, in 76 games played last season. He also had 86 blocks and spent 105 minutes in the penalty box.

2/29/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Rounding Out His Game

News: Shane O'Brien is currently enjoying a top-four role for the Avs, skating with Erik Johnson on the team's first defensive pairing.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien has 14 points in 59 games so far this season, a new career high. He routinely skates 20+ minutes per night, well above the 17 minutes he averaged last season. In the past, O'Brien has tended to let his fists - not his stick - do more of the talking, but he is showing signs of developing into more of a complete player this season. He's worth a look if you're in a very deep fantasy format and need blue line help.

2/2/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Scratched Thursday Vs. Wild

News: Shane O'Brien will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against Minnesota, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien has zero points in his last eight games and was in negative plus-minus territory in four of those games. He will be replaced in the lineup by rookie Stefan Elliott who has more offensive upside and is expected to help out on the Avs' power play.

1/18/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs Welcome O'Brien Back

News: Shane O'Brien (knee) will return to the Avs' lineup Wednesday against Florida, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: To make room for Shane O'Brien, who has 13 points in 43 games to date, Brandon Yip has been placed on waivers by the Avs.

1/16/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Nearing Return From Knee Injury

News: Shane O'Brien (knee) rejoined the team for Monday's practice, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien reportedly had a good hard skate during the morning practice, and although he won't play Monday afternoon against the Coyotes, there's a chance he could play Wedneday against Florida.

1/11/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avalanche's O'Brien Placed On IR

News: Shane O'Brien (knee) has been placed on IR, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: This coming on the same day that forward Peter Mueller was activated from IR.

1/9/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Sidelined With Knee Injury

News: Shane O'Brien sustained a knee injury during Saturday's 4-0 loss to St. Louis and will miss at least the next two games, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: Avs coach Joe Sacco said Shane O'Brien will not play in this week's home-and-home series against Nashville, and will be replaced in the lineup by Ryan Wilson. For fantasy purposes, consider O'Brien unavailable for the balance of this week.

1/4/2012

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Nearing Personal Best

News: With 13 points in 41 games (1G, 12A), Shane O'Brien is on pace to top the career-high 21 points he posted in 2007-08 with Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien has historically been more of a one-dimensional fantasy asset by way of the sin bin, having recorded 196 PIM three seasons ago with Vancouver. However, he's clearly adding a scoring element to round out his game. He could provide some nice fantasy value in deeper formats.

10/15/2011

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Shane O'Brien

Colorado's O'Brien's Injuries Appear Behind Him

News: Shane O'Brien (shoulder) played through his injuries Thursday, tallying 1 assist in 19:29 on the ice.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien made the season opener and has played 18 minutes in the first four games of the season. He assisted one goal and put two shots on goal in the Avs's big win against then Senators, looking like his shoulder is not bothering him too much.

9/22/2011

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Shane O'Brien

Avs' O'Brien Out With Shoulder Injury

News: Shane O'Brien is currently nursing a shoulder injury, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: A healthy Shane O'Brien (6'3", 230 lbs) should be part of the Avs' opening-day roster as part of a bigger, stronger blue line corps. He won't score much, but he will provide big hits and be expected to clear the crease for his goaltenders. Consider him day-to-day for now.

7/13/2011

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Shane O'Brien

Avs Sign O'Brien

News: The Avalanche have signed O'Brien to a one-year, $1.1 million contract, reports the Denver Post.
Analysis: O'Brien had two goals and seven assists in 80 games for the Predators last season. He will bring mainly size and toughness to the Avs' blue line next season, rather than scoring ability. He should not be on anyone's fantasy radar outside of ultra-deep leagues.

6/30/2011

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Shane O'Brien

Predators Letting O'Brien Walk In Free Agency

News: The Predators will not re-sign O'Brien, according to The Tennessean's Joshua Cooper.
Analysis: O'Brien can now hit the open market Friday as an unrestrcited free agent. This is a tough defenseman who will drop his gloves and stand up for his team on the ice, though he's had his work ethic questioned in the past. No matter what team he ends up on, it would be hard to envision O'Brien assuming any role beyond the resident enforcer.

3/28/2011

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Shane O'Brien

Preds' O'Brien Takes Puck Off Foot Saturday

News: O'Brien took a puck off his foot in the dying seconds of Saturday's 4-2 win over Dallas, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: There has been no word of any injury as a result of the play, so for now, continue to use O'Brien as you normally would.

1/18/2011

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Shane O'Brien

More Ice Time Expected For Preds' O'Brien

News: O'Brien is ready to return after serving a two-game suspension for high-sticking the Panthers' Stephen Weiss last week, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: With fellow blueliner Francis Bouillon now out with an upper-body injury, coach Barry Trotz said he plans to use O'Brien more than usual. "Shane will probably pick up some of [Bouillon's minutes," Trotz said. "Shane can play against top guys. He can play all over. From that standpoint, we're fortunate that we're getting Shane back." O'Brien is still not considered an offensive defenseman, so temper your expectations accordingly. He has just eight points (2G, 6A) in 43 games so far this season.