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02-03-2009, 12:30 PM
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Shane O'Brien?

Would he be a good addition to our defense? Can i do a better job than Brisebois, Bouillon or O'Byrne? He is a big guy and he seems to be able to play... He did register good stats in the AHL for a tough guy and right now with Vancouver he is +7.. He is not happy with the club anymore because the GM want him to drop more often..

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Would he be a good addition to our defense? Can i do a better job than Brisebois, Bouillon or O'Byrne? He is a big guy and he seems to be able to play... He did register good stats in the AHL for a tough guy and right now with Vancouver he is +7.. He is not happy with the club anymore because the GM want him to drop more often..
I've always like O'Brien. He plays a strong game and can throw'm when he needs to. Would be much better than Brisebois.

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AV's indictment of him on the sports news last night was that he's not playing physical enough...

I have good memories of him being a physical player with T-Bay but if he's the after-the-whistle type tough guy.... you know the type you may not even notice him until he's in a fight... that's the last thing we need.

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O'Brien would be a great addition, the other guy I like is Steve Montador

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I wouldn't mind his added toughness. But personally I want to see Gainey add a real top 4 puck moving D-man.

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I already made a thread about this called "tweaking the D" yesterday..This exact same topic

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I don't know if he's considered surplus in Vancouver yet or not, but anyway, I could see Gainey picking up a somewhat generic depth defender for the stretch run, if the price is right. I think O'Brien has some limitations in terms of mobility and decision-making, but he's a tough player. I doubt his market value has dropped far enough yet that we'd get him cheap enough to make it worth our while, alas. This kind of pickup is more likely than all the big names mentioned, I think.

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O'Brien takes dumb penalties and has no offensive upside whatsoever. Also in his coach's doghouse. PASS

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Why don't we just get Todd Simpson???

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Why don't we just get Todd Simpson???
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Would he be a good addition to our defense? Can i do a better job than Brisebois, Bouillon or O'Byrne? He is a big guy and he seems to be able to play... He did register good stats in the AHL for a tough guy and right now with Vancouver he is +7.. He is not happy with the club anymore because the GM want him to drop more often..
He would be a great pickup as a #5-6 Dman. We then could pair him up with O'Bryne and have OB & O'by as a combo

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O'Brien takes dumb penalties and has no offensive upside whatsoever. Also in his coach's doghouse. PASS
Exactly. I watch a lot of the Canucks and SOB takes way too many minors as a lack of poor positioning, reacting slowly, or being over-aggressive. I love the guy's toughness and moxy but he hurts his team a lot with his poor discipline.

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For all the O'Brien haters the guy is +8 in January, and for those of you who don't follow the Western Conference Vancouver hasn't won a game in a long, long time.

O'Brien is big and nasty, and "doesn't mind sticking up for teammates" I'm all for him.

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More like Mathias Ohlund.

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Would he be a good addition to our defense? Can i do a better job than Brisebois, Bouillon or O'Byrne? He is a big guy and he seems to be able to play... He did register good stats in the AHL for a tough guy and right now with Vancouver he is +7.. He is not happy with the club anymore because the GM want him to drop more often..
Is that you, Shane ?

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For all the O'Brien haters the guy is +8 in January, and for those of you who don't follow the Western Conference Vancouver hasn't won a game in a long, long time.

O'Brien is big and nasty, and "doesn't mind sticking up for teammates" I'm all for him.
Totally agree with you. For fans to say we don't need him, when Brisebois has played most games this year for the Habs, is laughable.

He's not a top 4 guy, but is physical and would definitely help in the playoffs as a #5 or 6 guy.

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Is that you, Shane ?
Hmmmm, trying to start his own rumours is he?

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Hockey-wise, he is barely a NHL number 6 or 7 d-man. If Carbo would play his top-fours 22-27 minutes like most other teams, that would be fine to give 10-14 minutes to a guy like him.

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