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).
At least on the scale of mistakes it’s minor unless Randy Carlyle now demands O’Byrne play on the top pairing with Phaneuf.
— Pension Plan Puppets (@mlse) April 3, 2013
O’Byrne is a classic example of the Leafs’ tragic obsession with a trait (size, “toughness”) instead of actual ability to play hockey.
— 67Sound (@67sound) April 3, 2013