It appears as though Leafs’ fans will have to put the thought of pending-UFA defenseman Mike Van Ryn returning to the Maple Leafs on hold, as reports suggest he will remain on the sidelines for another season.
Last season Van Ryn underwent an osteotomy, a complicated surgery to re-align the knee, as an alternative to a total knee replacement. He spent the entire season rehabilitating the knee with the hopes of playing in 2010-11, but it appears as though the recovery process will take him well beyond that target date.
Veteran NHL defenceman Mike Van Ryn has decided to sit out another season while recovering from a knee injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday.
Van Ryn last appeared in a game for the Maple Leafs on March 7, 2009.
The 31-year-old sat out all of last season rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing realignment surgery in October.
This was no doubt a difficult – albeit necessary – decision for Van Ryn, who was very effective during his limited time with the Maple Leafs.
Here’s wishing Mike all the best as he continues to work toward reclaiming — and resuming — his NHL career.