Colorado Avalanche v Calgary Flames

Yay? Wait, no, not yay.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired Ryan O’Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche for a 4th round draft pick because the Leafs really need more big defencemen who take a lot of penalties. O’Byrne has spent the last 3 seasons with the Avs and, this season, has four points to go along with 54 penalty minutes. He also sports a -15.1 Corsi rating on the Colorado Avalanche who, I’m not sure if you’ve heard, are not a very good hockey team.

Maybe Dave Nonis thought he was getting Ryan O’Reilly? I can’t wait to see how far ahead O’Byrne slots in ahead of Jake Gardiner on the Leafs’ depth chart.

But seriously, this is a nothing trade. O’Byrne is a pending UFA after this season and, while he will probably be used incorrectly here because Carlyle, it’s hard to get in too much of a frenzy over this one (though God knows we’ll try).

Basically this: