Vancouver Canucks Trade Shane O'Brien To Nashville Predators

Tab BamfordSenior Writer IOctober 5, 2010

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 11: Shane O'Brien #55 of the Vancouver Canucks skates the puck over the blue line against the Florida Panthers on February 11, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Canucks defeated the Panthers 3-0. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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As names were flying onto the waiver wire on Tuesday, a fairly significant trade went down that could impact two divisional races.

The Vancouver Canucks traded veteran Shane O'Brien to the Nashville Predators in a package deal that sent Ryan Parent back to Vancouver; Parent was subsequently placed on waivers.

Vancouver made the deal to create space under the salary cap before the NHL deadline of 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday. If Parent clears waivers, he will be moved to the AHL and the Canucks will have a younger defenseman with Stanley Cup Finals experience available if needed.

For Nashville, this deal essentially closes the book on the summer travels of Dan Hamhuis.

The Predators dealt the rights to Hamhuis to Philadelphia for Parent before the NHL Draft, but Philadelphia was not able to come to an agreement on a deal with him. The Flyers then traded his rights to Pittsburgh for a draft pick, but the Penguins were also unsuccessful in negotiating with Hamhuis. The veteran defenseman eventually signed with the Canucks.

O'Brien brings a solid veteran to the blue line for Nashville, a team that challenged the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs last year and hopes to challenge for a postseason spot again this year.