Ryan O'Byrne on his time in Toronto, decision to go to the KHL, and more

Steve Dangle
September 25 2013 09:50AM

 

Ryan O'Byrne wasn't on the Leafs for very long. He was meant to be a late season addition to beef up the Leafs' blueline. Even though his role was minimal, in a way, he got a more complete Toronto Maple Leafs experience than most players have been through in the past decade. He played in the blue and white during the playoffs, after all.

A few months later and minus an NHL job, O'Byrne is now playing for Lev Prague of the KHL. Even though he's thousands of kilometers away, we managed to get an interview with the now former Leaf.

Tomas Kmec, a young hockey reporter from Slovakia, was recently at a few Lev Prague KHL games in the Czech Republic. Tomas approached me last week, offering to interview some KHL players for us. We've already posted his interview with Leo Komarov here at TLN. All he asked for was that we give him credit. Please give Tomas a follow. He's the reason we have these interviews.

Here's Tomas' interview with "Ryan O'Beauty" on his time with the Leafs, Toronto during the playoffs, heading to the KHL, Randy Carlyle, and more.

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Leo Komarov on the Leafs, KHL, and more

Steve Dangle
September 24 2013 04:31PM

 

Leo Komarov was a unique addition to the Leafs last season, and this site lucky enough to get a unique opportunity with him.

Tomas Kmec, a young hockey reporter from Slovakia, was recently at a few western conference KHL games, including Lev Prague hosting Leo Komarov's team Dynamo Moscow in the Czech Republic. Tomas approached me last week, offering to interview some KHL players for us at TLN, including Komarov, former Leaf Tim Brent, and former Leaf Ryan O'Byrne. All he asked for was that we give him credit. Please give Tomas a follow. We wouldn't have these interviews without him.

Here's Tomas' interview with Komarov on the Leafs, Mikhail Grabovski, Randy Carlyle, Dallas Eakins, and more.

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Aftermath: The Leafs-Sabres Brawl

Steve Dangle
September 23 2013 12:40PM

 

Oh man.

The day after the big Leafs-Sabres brawl, there's a lot of fallout, and a lot of opinions.

Should Kessel have slashed that big dumb guy Brad Pitt killed at the beginning of Troy John Scott? Is Davis Clarkson getting a 10-game suspension? Is Bernier awesome for beating up Ryan Miller? Are you still reading this? Watch the video!

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Steve Dangle Podcast - September 22 2013 - "Kaleta is a plug"

Steve Dangle
September 22 2013 08:26PM

 

Hey guys...

So uh...that Buffalo game got a little out of hand, eh?

Well, we recorded this podcast during that game, and stopped recording an hour before the big incident(s). We still talk about a whole lot of important and funny stuff that you'll love. Breathe it in, because it will probably be the last post that doesn't mention John Scott on this site for a while.

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Leafs-Sabres Satuday Game Thread

Steve Dangle
September 21 2013 02:38PM

 

Like....OK.

This jersey design needed to begin in somebody's head as an idea. From there, they needed to draw it up, and after several drafts, present it to at least a small panel of people, you'd assume. Then enough of them agreed it was good-looking enough to represent their team on the ice, and that fans will buy it. A group of folks, after the abomination that the New York Islanders call a third jersey, went "Hey you what screams attitude? Grey!" How is this even a jersey in the National Hockey League?

*sigh*.........so the Leafs are playing Buffalo tonight.

Here is Toronto's lineup for tonight's game:

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