Avalanche Becoming A Team Of Yetis, Sign Shane O’Brien

Shane O'Brien is a tool, but now he is our tool. (Photo by Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Well here is one I didn’t expect. A day after posting an article about how I thought the team we saw now would be how we saw it come October the Avalanche, today, announced the signing of agitator and defenseman Shane O’Brien.

O’Brien Spent last season with Nashville but many Avalanche fans remember him with Vancouver the two seasons prior. O’Brien plays a similar game to Ryan O’Byrne with just a bit more personality. While Ryan is all work Shane does like to play once and a while and get in an opponents face. The terms of O’Brien’s contract are 1 year for $1.1 million.

One thing he brings, with no doubt,  is more size to a newly formed Avalanche blueline.

Avalanche Blueline Opening Night Last Season:

  • Kyle Cumiskey: 5’10″ 185
  • Adam Foote: 6’2″ 226
  • Scott Hannan: 6’1″ 225
  • John Michael Liles: 5’10″ 185
  • Kyle Quincey: 6’1″ 207
  • Ryan Wilson: 6’1″ 205

Avalanche Potential Blueline Opening Night This Season:

  • Stefan Elliott: 6’1″ 191
  • Jan Hejda: 6’3″ 229
  • Erik Johnson: 6’5″ 220
  • Shane O’Brien: 6’3″ 224
  • Ryan O’Byrne: 6’6″ 234
  • Kyle Quincey: 6’1″ 207

If Elliott, Gaunce, or Wilson beat out Matt Hunwick for the last d-man spot the Avalanche will have all 6 d-man over 6’1″. Last season the Avalanche had two guys under 6′ and their tallest was Footer at 6’2″. It seems the Avalanche and Greg Sherman have worked to build a wall in front of their goalies.

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Topics: Blueline, Shane O'Brien

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