O’Brien clears waivers, likely headed for minors

Jim O’Brien has cleared waivers, meaning that he could return to the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League to start the 2013-14 season next week.

O’Brien clears waivers, likely headed for minors
Jim O'Brien (18). Ottawa Senators practice. (Pat McGrath/Ottawa Citizen)

Centre Jim O’Brien has cleared waivers, meaning he could return to the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League.

Once he lands in the minors, the Senators are still responsible for paying O’Brien his $650,000 salary, but if he’s in the American Hockey League, the contract doesn’t count against the NHL salary cap.

O’Brien, 24, originally drafted by the Senators in the first round (29th overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft, was never able to regain the spot in the lineup he lost last season. When Jason Spezza missed the majority of the 2013 season following back surgery, Binghamton call-ups Mika Zibanejad and Jean-Gabriel Pageau took advantage of the opening by establishing themselves as NHL centres.

O’Brien, meanwhile, spent the latter part of the 2013 season and the playoffs as a spectator.

Before placing O’Brien on waivers, Senators general manager Bryan Murray tried to trade him, but found no takers.

“It’s an unfortunate part of the business,” Senators coach Paul MacLean said following the Senators’ 3-1 exhibition loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

“We’ve had players come in that either project to be better or are better and that’s basically what it is. We just can’t horde everybody or keep them to ourselves. We’re hopeful he’ll get an opportunity somewhere else.”

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