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Vancouver Canucks waive rugged defenseman Shane O’Brien

Shane O'Brien

Vancouver Canucks’ Shane O’Brien reacts after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period in Game 6 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal hockey series in Chicago, Monday, May 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Perhaps it was just a matter of time for Shane O’Brien, as he got on the team’s (and his coach’s) bad side for some of his off-the-ice conduct.

The rugged-but-mistake-prone defenseman was placed on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks today, according to various sources including Bruce Garrioch.

Before putting Shane O’Brien on waivers today, Vancouver GM Mike Gillis tried _ and apparently failed _ to deal him.

I wouldn’t be thunderstruck if some team decided to claim O’Brien on waivers, though. It’s one thing to give up an asset for O’Brien, but at one year and $1.6 million he’s not an awful pick up for a team in need of some defensive help.

Then again, I hear those O’Briens are trouble. Just saying.