The Calgary Flames announced today that they have acquired right wing David Jones and defenceman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Alex Tanguay and defenceman Cory Sarich.
Selected in the first round, 12th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Taungay began his NHL career with Colorado in 1999. Tanguay won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 2001, scoring the championship-winning goal in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils. Individually, he was nominated for the Calder Memorial Trophy following his rookie season and was chosen to the 2004 All-Star Game during his six-year tenure with Colorado. In July 2006, he was traded to the Flames and spent two years with the club before single-season stints with the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning. In July 2010, he returned to Calgary, signing as an unrestricted free agent.
Sarich was selected in the 2nd round, 27th overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Sarich signed a five-year contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1, 2007 and on December 12, 2007, Sarich became the NHL’s reigning iron man when Brendan Morrison was forced to miss a game with wrist complications. He played his 419th consecutive game the day before in a game against Tampa Bay, where Sarich had played four full seasons and 388 games. Sarich’s streak came to an end on March 1, 2008 when he missed the game at Phoenix, giving ironman status to Andrew Brunette. Sarich has appeared in 915 games during his NHL career, totaling 148 points and 1,051 penalty minutes. He dressed in 28 games for Calgary during this past season, recording two assists.
Jones spent six seasons with the Avalanche, accumulating 70 goals and 56 assists for 126 points and 84 penalty minutes in 272 games. Calgary gets a top-six winger with some size, and that’s something general manager Jay Feaster covets. Jones is coming off a down year in which he scored only three goals and six assists in 33 games for Colorado, but the forward has managed to score twenty goals twice in his career.
O’Brien was drafted by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the 8th round, 250th overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Before earning a full-time roster spot with Anaheim, he played with their minor league affiliates, the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League. On July 13, 2011, he was signed to a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Acquired to initially to provide depth insurance to the defense, O’Brien impressed out of training camp and made his Avalanche debut on the opening night of the 2011–12 season in a 3-0 defeat to the Detroit Red Wings. With his experience, physicality and leadership he quickly became a fixture on the defense of a youthful Avalanche team and appeared in his 400th career game in a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on November 20. With a more prominent role entrusted than given with former clubs, O’Brien matched a career high with 17 assists and finished with 20 points for his best statistical season since 2008. He also finished second amongst the Avalanche with 105 penalty minutes. With the option of impending free agency again looming, O’Brien was re-signed by Colorado for $6 million over three years on June 26, 2012.
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