“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster in a statement. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”
Tanguay, the former Avalanche winger who debuted during the 1999-00 season, had some of his most successful seasons in an Avalanche uniform posting three 70+ point seasons with the team before being traded to the Flames in 2006 for Jordan Leopold, a 2nd round draft choice, and another conditional choice.
He spent a year in Montreal followed by a year in Tampa Bay before returning to the Flames.
The trade comes just days before the Avalanche are set to pick first overall in the NHL Draft, a day in which they could be busy should they decide to trade the first pick.