Shane O'Brien D FLA 11 Days

O'Brien was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Thursday, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

With forward Shawn Thornton (groin) considered very close to returning from IR, O'Brien's dismissal from the 23-man roster would open up a spot. The blueliner has only appeared in four games for the Panthers this season, averaging just 12:23 of ice time.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 24 Days

O'Brien was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Friday.

O'Brien has played in 22 games with AHL San Antonio this season, collecting six goals and eight assists along with 50 penalty minutes. The Panthers are heading out on a six-game road trip, and his recall was likely insurance for the club as they prepare to head out.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 1 Month

O'Brien was reassigned to AHL San Antonio on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

The Panthers brought 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.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 2 Months

O'Brien was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Thursday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Though 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.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 4 Months

O'Brien signed a one-year, two way contract with the Panthers on Monday.

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.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 4 Months

The Panthers appear poised to offer O'Brien a contract, reports Steve Borten of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Panthers' general manager Dale Tallon talked to O'Brien's agent on Saturday afternoon, but nothing was inked at that time. Discussions will apparently continue Sunday.

Shane O'Brien D FLA 5 Months

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 FLA 7 Months

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

Shane O'Brien D FLA 12 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 FLA 12 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.