Then and Now: Sean O’Donnell

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After he finished his second stint with the Los Angeles Kings in 2010, defenseman Sean O’Donnell joined the Philadelphia Flyers after two seasons with the Western Conference squad that introduced him to the NHL in 1994-1995.

With a one-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.3 million, O’Donnell served as a third-pairing blue liner for the Orange and Black. After he totaled three goals in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 with the Kings, O’Donnell had one goal in a Philadelphia Flyers’ sweater. It came in the third period of Philly’s 7-5 loss to the Boston Bruins on January 13th, 2011. O’Donnell finished the game minus-1 in 16:14 TOI.

On top of his lone goal, O’Donnell also had 17 helpers for the Flyers during the 2010-2011 regular season. The stay-at-home d-man had two multi-point games with the Orange and Black, as he produced a pair of helpers against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Flyers’ 8-7 loss on November 18th, 2011 and two assists in the Flyers’ 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 29th, 2011.

In addition to his 18 points in 81 games of work in his lone regular season with Philly, O’Donnell was also involved in seven scraps. Two of his more entertaining fights as a Flyer came against Aaron Volpatti in Philly’s 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on December 28th, 2010 and on April 3rd, 2011 against Brandon Prust in a Flyers’ 3-2 shootout loss.

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As for the 2011 NHL postseason, O’Donnell suited up for all 11 of the Flyers’ playoff games, as Philadelphia beat the Buffalo Sabres in seven games during the ECQF before being swept by the eventual Stanley Cup winners in the Boston Bruins in the next round.

The physical defenseman had two assists and five PIMs while going minus-2 in the Flyers’ short postseason run. O’Donnell had the primary assist on Andrej Meszaros’ tally in Philly’s 4-3 overtime loss to the Sabres in Game 5 of the ECQF and the primary helper on James van Riemsdyk goal in Game 1 of the ECSF against the Bruins.

O’Donnell also took part in a bout during the playoffs, as he dropped the gloves with Nathan Horton in Game 3 of the Flyers’ series against Boston. With his team down 2-0 early in the second period, O’Donnell and Horton were exchanging shoves with each other in the Flyers’ zone before the pair went at it after a whistle.

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For the 2011-2012 campaign, O’Donnell joined his eighth and final different NHL squad, as he finished his career as a Chicago Blackhawk. The blue liner signed a one-year deal worth $850,000.

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Although he only missed one game due to a knee injury, O’Donnell only competed in 51 games for the Blackhawks during the 2011-2012 campaign. He failed to register a single goal, but did finish the year with seven helpers and 23 PIMs. The d-man also went minus-6 during the regular season.

O’Donnell’s final point in the NHL came in the Hawks’ 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on January 12th, 2012, as he had the primary helper on Andrew Shaw’s second career NHL goal (and his first against a team that wasn’t the Philadelphia Flyers).

The big defenseman’s last fighting major in the NHL came just three days later, as he engaged in a scrap with Brad Winchester in Chicago’s 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks.

The former Flyer got one last taste of the NHL playoffs with a pair of contests in the 2012 playoffs, as Chicago was eliminated in the opening round by the Phoenix Coyotes. O’Donnell was minus-3 without a single point, as he saw 10:31 in Chicago’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 1 and 10:06 in Chicago’s 3-2 overtime loss in Game 4.

After holding out hope that he’d sign with a team before the beginning of the shortened 2013 season, O’Donnell decided to hang up the skates on January 16th, 2013.

Last Wednesday O’Donnell joined the Los Angeles Kings’ front office as a manager of fan development alumni relations.