According to TSN on Monday, the Calgary Flames put veteran defenseman Shane O’Brien on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. By making the decision, the Flames saved $2 million from the salary cap.
O’Brien, was to earn $2.2 million this season. In 45 games last season, O’Brien had three assists, was a -8, with 58 penalty minutes, 56 hits and 16 shots on goal.
O’Brien was acquired by Calgary from the Colorado Avalanche in the trade on June 27, 2013 that also saw David Jones come to Calgary for veteran forward Alex Tanguay and defenseman Cory Sarich. O’Brien, a native of Port Hope, Ontario, was known for his physicality, but did not seem to show it with the same consistency that he displayed earlier in his career.
O’Brien made frequent trips to the penalty box earlier on in his career. While with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the American Hockey League in 2004-05, O’Brien had 319 penalty minutes. Four times in O’Brien’s National Hockey League career, he has exceeded 100 penalty minutes.
O’Brien was one of three NHL players who were put on waivers on Monday for buyout purposes. The others were Tim Gleason of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils.
In other Flames news, former Flame defenseman Adam Pardy signed a one year deal on Monday with the Winnipeg Jets for $700,000. Pardy, who played for the Flames from 2009-2011, had six assists in 60 games with the Jets last season.
Also, the Los Angeles Kings have re-signed Calgary native Jeff Schultz to a two year deal worth $1.7 million. A defenseman, Schultz played in seven playoff games for the Kings last season but did not get his name on the Stanley Cup because he did not play in the Stanley Cup Finals.