Flames acquire Jones, O’Brien from Avalanche

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In the words of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman: “We have a trade to announce.”

The Calgary Flames have picked up right winger David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Alex Tanguay and defenceman Cory Sarich.

The Flames announced the trade on their team website Thursday evening.

“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger.” said Flames general manager Jay Feaster in a statement.

“We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”

Tanguay turns 34 years of age in November, and had three years remaining on a contract that was a $3.5 million cap hit.

Sarich turns 35 in August, and had one more year remaining on his contract worth a cap hit of $2 million.

Jones, 28, comes to the Flames after scoring three goals and nine points in 33 regular season games in 2013.

He had a career-best 45 points in 2010-11.

O’Brien, who comes to the Flames after stops with the Avalanche, Nashville Predators, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks, had four points in 28 games this past season with Colorado.

He also had an even rating.

In terms of the always hyped ‘blockbuster’, this deal might not be along the same line as the potential swap of first-round draft picks that the Flames were reportedly offering the Avalanche.

Earlier this month, it was reported that the Flames, in a bid to land Seth Jones, offered their three first-round draft picks to Colorado for the Avalanche’s No. 1 overall choice in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft.