Shane O'Brien D CGY 14 Days

O'Brien was invited to Panthers' camp on a professional tryout basis, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

With the Panthers searching for some veteran defensive depth to complement youngsters Aaron Ekblad, Erik Gudbranson and Dylan Olsen, 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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 3 Months

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

Shane O'Brien D CGY 8 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 8 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 8 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 8 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 10 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY 11 Months

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY Sep 15 '13

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.

Shane O'Brien D CGY Jul 04 '13

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 ƒ?" 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.