Well, for a team that isn’t doing so well, it’s not surprising that a player wants out. That player is Shane O’Brien of the Calgary Flames, recently demoted to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, 528 NHL games after his last trip to the minors.
“Obviously, I believe I’m an NHL player…So I’ve got to work hard, play hard. Hopefully, some teams see me and are willing to give me another chance. I’m only 30 years old, so I feel I’ve got a couple good years left in me, anyway.
“Obviously, I realize I’m a (team’s fifth or sixth defenceman) and I’m going to play against the bigger, tougher lines. I’m OK with that.
“I feel that I can be a regular in the NHL again.”
O’Brien is a big defenseman that plays a physical game. That could make him a player that a lot of teams look at in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. With him wanting out of Calgary, he sure hopes he is. He would also come pretty cheap.
He feels like he hasn’t got a fair shake by Head Coach Bob Hartley.
“It is what it is with Bob… You could tell by the ice time where I stood in their minds. I don’t think it’s anything personal. I don’t think Bob thinks I’m a bad guy, but, obviously, he doesn’t think I’m a very good player. Same with (associate coach) Jacques Cloutier. From Day 1, they didn’t think I could play on their team.
With all these comments, he is pretty much talking his way out of Calgary. Look for him to be moved shortly after the Olympic Break ends.