Preds Acquire O’Brien & Gendur From Vancouver Canucks
Tuesday, 10.5.2010 / 12:07 PM CT / News
By Press Release - Nashville Predators
- Send forward Jonas Andersson and defenseman Ryan Parent to the Canucks -
Nashville, Tenn. (October 5, 2010) –
|This trade is the ultimate “two birds with one stone” move for the Preds. Nashville upgraded its defensive corps and improved its team toughness and size with Shane O’Brien; the move also cleared up Nashville’s roster log-jam at forward.
O’Brien is the type of defenseman that would seem to fit well into the blue-collar system Barry Trotz and his staff likes to implement. He has surpassed 150 penalty minutes in three of his four NHL seasons, including 196 in ’08-09 (second most in the league). O’Brien’s 10 major penalties were second most among defensemen in ’08-09. And he’s ranked in the top-two on his team in hits in two of the past three seasons. But he’s responsible with his physical play, recording a career +15 plus/minus rating over his 299 games played.
O’Brien also has some offense elements to his game; he’s posted double-digit point totals in three of his four seasons, with a career-high of 21 in ’07-08. His last minor league season (’05-06), O’Brien recorded eight goals and 41 points in 77 games in the AHL and followed that up with a six-goal, 22-point showing in 19 playoff games.
Additionally he’s a winner – he’s been in the playoffs during three of his four NHL seasons, getting out of the first round the last two years.
The Preds had 15 forwards on NHL one-way deals (technically Colin Wilson is still on his entry level two-way level deal, but he’s a lock for the NHL roster) but only 14 roster spots available for forwards. Moving Jonas Andersson pares that number down to 14 with quality call-up options like Matt Halischuk, Blake Geoffrion, Nick Spaling, Andreas Thuresson in Milwaukee anxiously awating a recall opportunity.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
O’Brien, 27 (8/9/83), appeared in 65 regular-season games for the Canucks a season ago, posting eight points (2g-6a) and 79 penalty minutes, and in all 12 of Vancouver’s playoff games registering three points (1g-2a) and 25 penalty minutes. In 299 career NHL contests with Vancouver, Anaheim and Tampa Bay since the 2006-07 campaign, the 6-3, 224-pound blueliner has 55 points (8g-47a) and 605 penalty minutes. The Port Hope, Ont., native was originally drafted 250th overall (eighth round) by the Ducks in the 2003 Entry Draft held at Bridgestone Arena.
"O'Brien brings size, aggressiveness, good skill level, and a little bit more experience than Ryan Parent," Poile said. "If our defensive pairings go the way they are with Suter-Weber, Bouillon and Klein, and now O'Brien with Franson, I think it's excellent pairings. We continue to want to get a little more aggressive, and with O'Brien we get that. In the long run I think Ryan Parent as he gets more games under his belt will be a good player in the NHL, but for this year I think O'Brien will be a better player for us than Parent would have been; with the Blums, Ellises, Josis on the immediate horizon we could afford to look more short-term."
Gendur, 23 (5/21/87), split the 2009-10 season between Victoria and Johnstown of the ECHL, combining for 12 points (2g-10a) in 29 games. As a rookie pro in 2008-09, the 5-11, 190-pound winger posted one goal in 10 games with Manitoba (AHL), and 38 points (9g-29a) in 52 contests with Victoria. A native of Vancouver, B.C., Gendur was selected 206th overall (seventh round) by the Canucks in the 2007 Entry Draft.
The Predators kick off the 2010-11 campaign this Saturday with Opening Night in Smashville when they take on the Anaheim Ducks at 7 p.m. CT (102.9-FM The Buzz, FOX Sports Tennessee). Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with the players and coaches walking the red carpet on the plaza. Live music, games, free ice cream provided by Purity and a special arrival by mascot GNASH will follow. The Predators new flagship radio station, 102.9 The Buzz, will also be broadcasting live from Bridgestone Arena all day.
All fans in attendance will receive an Opening Night t-shirt courtesy of Bridgestone. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, by calling (615) 770-PUCK (7825) or online via ticketmaster.com or nashvillepredators.com.