Flames Acquire O’Brien and Jones


Jones with the Avalanche in the 2012-13 season.

On Thursday afternoon, the Calgary Flames announced the acquisitions of forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien in exchange for Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich.

Jones, 28-year-old winger, was drafted by the Avalanche in the 9th-round of the 2003 Entry Draft and recently completed his fifth full season in the NHL. He had a hard time finding the stat sheet this past season as he only recorded 9 points in 33 games. In 272 games, Jones has recorded 126 points and 84 PIMs.

Shane O’Brien is an Ontario-born 29-year-old defenseman, drafted by the Anaheim Ducks 10 years ago, is coming off one of his worst seasons as a professional. O’Brien only managed 4 assists in 28 games for Colorado and accumulated 60 PIMs. The 6-3, 235 pound defenseman adds size to a small back-end. He has an annual cap hit of $2.2M and his contract runs through the 2014-15 season.

Both players bring a gritty, hard-working style to a Flames’ team that is suddenly is need of toughness.