The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired veteran defenseman Ryan O'Byrne from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
O'Byrne, 28, has one goal and four points along with 54 penalty minutes in 34 games this season. Last season, the 6-foot-5, 234-pound right-handed shot led Colorado in blocked shots and was second in hits while playing a career-high 74 games.
A third-round selection of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Draft, O'Byrne has played in 300 NHL games for the Canadiens and Avalanche, compiling four goals, 37 points and 363 PIMs. He has played in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
"Toronto is a team that’s right in the [playoff] mix and I’m excited to be joining them,” O’Byrne told TSN. “From my days in Montreal, I always enjoyed playing in Toronto.
“I was pretty surprised, but my contract is up next year, so I had a feeling something might happen.”