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Maple Leafs' Van Ryn out for season with torn MCL

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TSN.ca Staff
3/9/2009 12:32:28 PM
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Mike Van Ryn's injury riddled first season in Toronto has come to an end.

Maple Leafs' head coach Ron Wilson told reporters Monday that the blue liner had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and would miss the remainder of the season.

The London, Ontario native suffered the injury early in the first period of Saturday's lost to the Oilers when his knee appeared to buckle underneath him.  He was helped off the ice and did not return.

To say the injury bug has taken a bite out of Van Ryn's career is an understatement as the 29-year old defenceman appears to be cursed.

Van Ryn missed all but 20 games in the 2007-08 season recovering from wrist surgery.

After being acquired from the Florida Panthers for Bryan McCabe in the off-season, Van Ryn has spent the majority of the year on injured reserve. 

Van Ryn suffered a concussion in early November after being driven into the boards from behind by Montreal Canadiens' forward Tom Kostopolous causing him to miss 13 games.

He returned to the lineup for three games before suffering a second concussion, this time at the hands of the Boston Bruins' Milan Lucic causing him to miss an additional 16 games.

Van Ryn's bad luck did not end there as upon his return he suffered what the team described as a lower-body injury in early February against the Canadiens when he was driven into the boards by Max Pacioretty

In the 27 games that he has managed to play this year, Van Ryn has three goals and eight assists.

Van Ryn helped off the ice (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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