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The Calgary Flames will use a compliance buyout on 30 year old defenseman Shane O’Brien.

O’Brien’s contract had 1 year left with a cap hit of $2 million. The Flames placed O’Brien on waivers back in January and he passed through without getting claimed, with the extra year likely being the killer.

In 45 games with the Flames last year, O’Brien only had three assists to go along with zero goals. In the AHL, he had 8 points in 31 contests with the Abbotsford Heat in his first time in the AHL since 2006. O’Brien, standing at six-foot-three and 230 pounds, knew a while back that he didn’t fit in with the team’s system, despite fitting in size wise.

“It is what it is with Bob (Hartley),” said O’Brien, who averaged roughly around 11 minutes a night as a bottom pairing defenseman. “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 didn’t think I was a good player. Same with (associate coach) Jacques Cloutier. From Day 1, they didn’t think I could play on their team.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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