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74 Shane O'Brien D
Height/Weight: 6-3/230 | Birthdate: 8/9/1983 | Birthplace: Port Hope, Ontario, Canada | Team: Florida Panthers | College: None | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: $1,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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12/17/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Panthers Reassign O'Brien

News: Shane O'Brien was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: The Panthers brought Shane O'Brien in late last week to serve as insurance on defense over their last three games, and as was expected, he never found his way into the lineup. Upon returning to San Antonio, he'll be forced to serve a two-game suspension for a charging incident from a Dec. 9 match against AHL Chicago.

12/11/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Panthers Recall O'Brien

News: Shane O'Brien was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Thursday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Though Shane O'Brien failed to win a roster spot with the Panthers as a training camp tryout, the organization thought enough of him to stash him in the minors as depth to begin the season. After spending the last two months biding his time in San Antonio, O'Brien will get the call back to the NHL squad with Aaron Ekblad (undisclosed) uncertain to play Friday versus the Red Wings. If Ekblad is indeed out Friday, look for O'Brien to occupy a spot on the Panthers' third pairing for at least one game.

10/6/2014

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Shane O'Brien

O'Brien Signs One-Year Deal With Panthers

News: Shane O'Brien signed a one-year, two way contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Analysis: Shane O'Brien made the best of his training camp invite from the Panthers and will now be a part of their 2014-15 campaign. The 31-year-old hasn't had many opportunities on the ice for the past two years and that likely won't change during his time in Florida as he may spend most of his time in the minors anyways.

10/4/2014

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Shane O'Brien

Panthers Looking To Ink O'Brien After Tryout

News: The Panthers appear poised to offer Shane O'Brien a contract, reports Steve Borten of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Analysis: Panthers' general manager Dale Tallon talked to Shane O'Brien's agent on Saturday afternoon, but nothing was inked at that time. Discussions will apparently continue Sunday.

9/4/2014

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Shane O'Brien

O'Brien Signs PTO Contract With Panthers

News: Shane O'Brien was invited to Panthers' camp on a professional tryout basis, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: With the Panthers searching for some veteran defensive depth to complement youngsters Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson and Dylan Olsen, Shane O'Brien could provide exactly what the club is looking for. O'Brien hasn't shown much offensive ability during his time in the NHL, but does offer some physicality and has previously ranked among the blueliner leaders in penalty minutes. If he makes the club, O'Brien would likely slot in on the third pairing, or as a seventh defenseman.

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.