Congratulations are in order to former Nashville Predators defenseman, Shane O’Brien as the Colorado Avalanche sign the 28-year-old to a three-year, $6 Million contract. O’Brien is set to make $1.8 Million his first year under the contract, $2 Million in the 2nd year, then finally $2.2 Million in the third.
When word of Jordin Tootoo’s need to be free of Nashville was announced, it was tossed around as to wether Nashville would make a run for the defenseman once again. However, Shane O’Brien didn’t wait until July 1st to hit UFA, snatching up Colorado’s offer as they dealt it.
Signing this three-year contract more than likely comes as a relief to O’Brien, as the brutal enforcer hasn’t had time to set roots in any teams he has been with so far. Those teams? The Anaheim Ducks (1 year), the Tampa Bay Lightning (3 years), the Vancouver Canucks (1 year), and the Nashville Predators (1 year). Okay, so he spent some time in Tampa Bay, but bouncing around the league eventually takes its toll.
We were personally sad when the Predators did not offer O’Brien a contract last summer, but after posting three goals and 20 points this past season, it seems he’s found a fit in Denver.
Shane was well liked for his short time in Nashville and, as such, we wish him the best of luck the next three years with the Avalanche. The Predators host the first meeting between Colorado on October 16th in the 2012-13 season.