If O’Byrne forces Gardiner out of the lineup, that’s a problem

We know from earlier that Ryan O’Byrne is an unspectacular, yet usable defenceman that was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fourth round pick. The fourth round pick hardly matters. Few fourth round picks become National Hockey Leaguers, and after about the second round teams will go into the depth sections of consensus…


Toronto Maple Leafs acquire defenceman Ryan O’Byrne

There is a long history of defencemen who played alongside Andrei Markov, played well next to him, got a good free agent deal and were set for life. Ryan O’Byrne is the first two of those things, by that he is a defenceman, and he played alongside Andrei Markov. He did not play particularly well…


Kipper stays in Calgary – Leafs Nation exhales

TSN is reporting this morning that Miikka Kiprusoff has decided to stay in Calgary. Kent Wilson over at Flames Nation has the longer take. Why is this notable? Because for two days, Leafs Nation was sent into a frenzy as it appeared that they were in fact, interested in the veteran goaltender out of Calgary….


Deadline Day: Checklist for the Toronto Maple Leafs

It’s Deadline Day in the NHL. Yesterday gave us several deals that uprooted Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy from Dallas and sent Ryan Clowe to the New York Rangers. But there are still a few names on the horizon, and generally, deadline deals that we don’t expect go through. The big names are off the…