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Trade: Leafs acquire O’Byrne from Colorado

Apr 3, 2013, 3:22 PM EDT

Ryan O'Byrne AP

The Toronto Maple Leafs added some defensive depth right before the trade deadline on Wednesday, picking up Colorado defenseman Ryan O’Byrne.

The move, first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, will cost the Leafs a fourth-round pick at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

O’Byrne, 28, is in the final year of a two-year, $3.6 million deal signed with Colorado in 2011.

The steady rearguard has appeared in 34 games for the Avs this year, scoring 1G-3A-4PTS while averaging 18:51 TOI per contest.

A big body — he stands 6-foot-5, 230 pounds — O’Byrne should provide another physical presence in the Leafs lineup, mostly in a shutdown/physical role.

According to Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun, the O’Byrne acquisition will also give Toronto some much-needed playoff experience. His 19 postseason contests makes him the Leafs’ fifth-most experienced playoff performer.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 3, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Good move. Shore up the D in front of Reimer rather than sell the farm for a vet goalie. With eight NHL calibre defensemen the Leafs D corps is looking really strong and an injury would certainly not spell distater.

  2. 19to77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Nice! That’s the move I was hoping for – a solid midrange shutdown defenseman to let Carlyle ease up on Phaneuf’s minutes. Dion’s good at 18-22 min, but he looks gassed at 25+ and he becomes a liability. And yet, Carlyle’s had to play him like that in most games this year. This deal should be a big help in fixing that.

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