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Toronto Maple Leafs Trade for Defenseman Ryan O’Byrne In Lieu of Goaltender

Jerome Miron – USA TODAY Sports

The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping to acquire a goaltender before the trade deadline today; however, they settled for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 2014 fourth-round draft pick.

Being in the market for a backup goalie, the Maple Leafs were in trade talks with both Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks and Miikka Kiprusoff of the Calgary Flames.  Obviously, neither goalie was traded.  It being a matter of the contract for Luongo and Kiprusoff just decided against uprooting his family to Toronto.  For now, the Maple Leafs will be happy relying on James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, but it’ll be without much playoff experience when it comes to their net minders, which is what they were searching for when considering Kiprusoff and Luongo.  Still, Reimer’s .920 and Scrivens’ .918 save percentages aren’t something to be scoffed at and may just make up for the lack of experience.

Adding O’Byrne to the Leafs’ blueline is a good move for them as he will bring some playoff experience in the form of 19 playoff games he played with the Montreal Canadiens, the team who first drafted him in 2003.

O’Byrne will likely get his chance to contribute to the Maple Leafs when they meet up with the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow at home  at the Air Canada Centre.  The puck is set to drop 7:00 pm (est).

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.