Lightning re-sign defenceman O'Brien
The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed tough defenceman Shane O'Brien to a two-year contract on Thursday.
O'Brien was acquired from Anaheim just prior to the trade deadline and quickly fell into a regular role with the Lightning.
"Shane O'Brien has already demonstrated to us, in a very short period of time, that he is going to be a perfect fit in our system," said Lightning general manager Jay Feaster.
"He skates incredibly well, gets the puck to our forwards in transition, and he has great grit."
O'Brien had two goals and 14 assists in 80 games in his first NHL season,with his176 penalty minutes ranking fourth in the the league.
The Port Hope, Ont., native played in six playoff games for Tampa Bay, who were eliminated in the first round by New Jersey.
He was acquired fromthe Ducksin February, along with a third-round pick in Friday's draft, in exchange for goaltender Gerald Coleman and a first-round pick in this year's draft.
O'Brien was selected in the eighth round of the 2003 NHL entry draftby Anaheim after playing three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Kingston and Toronto/St Michael's.
Financial terms of his new contract were not disclosed.
In the past week, Feaster has also acquired centre Chris Gratton from Florida and signed forward Jan Hlavac, who returns to the NHL after three seasons in Europe.