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O'Brien, Parent part of Canucks-Predators deal

Tuesday, 10.05.2010 / 1:00 PM / News


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O'Brien, Parent part of Canucks-Predators deal
Veteran defenseman Shane O'Brien was traded Tuesday from the Vancouver Canucks to the Nashville Predators as part of a four-player deal.
Veteran defenseman Shane O'Brien was traded Tuesday from the Vancouver Canucks to the Nashville Predators as part of a four-player deal.

The Predators receive O'Brien and forward Dan Gendur in exchange for defenseman Ryan Parent and forward Jonas Andersson.

O'Brien, 27, played in 141 regular-season games for Vancouver over the past two seasons after being acquired from Tampa Bay, recording 2 goals, 18 points and 275 penalty minutes with a plus-21 rating. He also appeared in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Canucks, totaling 2 goals, 5 points and 49 penalty minutes.

In 299 career games for the Ducks, Lightning and Canucks, O'Brien, an eighth-round pick of Anaheim in the 2003 Entry Draft, has 8 goals, 55 points and 605 penalty minutes.

Gendur, a seventh-round pick of the Canucks in 2007, has spent most of the past two seasons playing in the ECHL for Victoria and Johnstown. The 23-year-old played in 10 games for Vancouver's AHL affiliate, Manitoba, during the 2008-09 season, recording 1 goal.

Parent, 23, is a former first-round draft pick of the Predators. He has been Nashville property on two occasions without playing an NHL game for the team. Originally traded to Philadelphia as part of the Peter Forsberg deal, Parent has played in 102 career games, all for the Flyers, totaling 1 goal, 7 points and 36 penalty minutes. He also has 1 goal and 2 points in 27 career postseason games.

Parent was traded by the Flyers back to the Predators in June for the rights to free-agent defenseman Dan Hamhuis.

Andersson was drafted by the Predators in the second round in 1999 and played five games for the team in 2001-02, going scoreless. Now 29, he's spent most of the past six seasons playing in Sweden and Finland.

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