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23 Ryan O'Byrne D
Height/Weight: 6-5/234 | Birthdate: 7/19/1984 | Birthplace: Victoria, B.C., Canada | Team: | College: Cornell | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary: $2,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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9/2/2013

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Signs With Czech Team

News: Ryan O'Byrne signed a two-year contract with HC LEV Praha in the Czech Republic, tsn.ca reports.
Analysis: Ryan O'Byrne spent most of the 2012-13 season with the Avalanche, before heading to Toronto in an April trade. He finished the year with just six points (two goals) in 42 games, but did rack up 60 penalty minutes. With just five goals and 34 assists in 308 career games, O'Byrne has never been a fantasy option in the majority of formats.

4/8/2013

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Nets Goal In First Game As Leaf

News: O'Bryne donned the blue and white for the first time on Monday night in a Leafs' 4-3 win over the Rangers. He scored a goal, finished plus-2 and had three each of shots and blocked shots.
Analysis: His ice time was only 15:47, but that's probably more about his need to learn new systems than anything else. He's not a big point getter, but he'll deliver in hits and PIMs if that's what your league counts.

4/4/2013

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs Trade O'Byrne To Toronto

News: The Leafs have acquired Ryan O'Byrne from Colorado for a fourth-round pick, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.
Analysis: It's not an exciting deal for a Leafs fanbase that was hoping for a goalie, but they got a fairly reliable stay-at-home defenseman. Ryan O'Byrne is big and physical at 6-foot-5, 234 pounds, and he'll add some needed toughness to the Toronto blue line.

3/14/2013

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne A Healthy Scratch For Thursday's Game

News: Ryan O'Byrne will be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Wild, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Ryan O'Byrne has played in 25 games this season, recording only four points. Greg Zanon will get the start replacing O'Byrne Thursday.

3/8/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Sits Despite Overcoming Knee Injury

News: Ryan O'Byrne is no longer bothered by a knee injury that has kept him out the past two weeks, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis: That's the good news. The bad news is, even though he's available to play, he was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 7-1 win over Minnesota as the Avs have a surplus of able-bodied defensemen right now. Given the team's current two-game winning streak, coach Joe Sacco is unlikely to make any changes to his lineup, meaning Ryan O'Byrne will likely continue to watch from the sidelines for the time being. He'll get back in there sooner or later - for now, look for another body for your fantasy blue line.

3/7/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Nearing Return From Knee Injury

News: Ryan O'Byrne (knee) is expected to return to the lineup Thursday at Nashville, reports the Denver Post.
Analysis: With just six points in 61 games to date, Ryan O'Byrne will return to his regular role of chief stay-at-home defender for the Avs once he's healthy. For fantasy purposes, you shouldn't be relying on him outside of ultra-deep leagues.

2/24/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

Knee Injury For Colorado's O'Byrne

News: Ryan O'Byrne (knee) will miss 2-to-3 weeks, Denver Post writer Adrian Dater reports.
Analysis: Ryan O'Byrne has just six points (one goal) in 61 games this year, so hopefully his absence doesn't change anything for your fantasy team.

2/23/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Quietly Making Presence Felt

News: Ryan O'Byrne skated a season-high 23:29 during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Kings, and finished the game with a plus-3 rating.
Analysis: With just six points on the season, Ryan O'Byrne still doesn't score much, but he's one of just four Avs to have played all 61 games so far this year. Furthermore, he leads the team in blocked shots (116) and ranks second in hits (158), so his on-ice contributions can't be found simply by looking at a boxscore. That said, his fantasy value remains limited to deeper formats that count the aforementioned categories.

1/27/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Contributing Off-Scoresheet

News: Ryan O'Byrne has yet to register a point in the month of January, a stretch of 11 games. His last point came on New Year's Eve - an assist against Anaheim.
Analysis: Lucky for Ryan O'Byrne, he isn't expected to score much. He's considered a big, physical, stay-at-home defender who takes care of business in his own zone. For those of you in ultra-deep leagues, he won't help you in traditional scoring categories, but he does rank well in blocked shots (94 - good for tops on the team) and hits (second with 127).

1/4/2012

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Enjoying Larger Role On Avs' Blue Line

News: Ryan O'Byrne has seen his ice time increase to 20+ minutes per night in recent games, compared to 14-15 minutes at the start of the season.
Analysis: Ryan O'Byrne is playing a larger presence on the Avs' blue line lately, having been promoted to a top-four role alongside Kyle Quincey, Jan Hejda and Shane O'Brien. He still doesn't score much (1G, 5A in 41 games), but he is one of the few players on the team to boast a positive plus-minus rating (+1). Unfortunately for fantasy owners, O'Byrne doesn't boast much value outside of ultra-deep formats.

6/30/2011

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs Re-Sign O'Byrne

News: O'Byrne signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal with Colorado on Thursday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
Analysis: There's not a lot here for fantasy owners to get excited about given the lack of power-play time, but O'Byrne is just 26 and should provide a steady option in the Avs' third pairing for the next couple of seasons.

3/7/2011

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne To Return Tuesday

News: O'Byrne (face) will return to the lineup Tuesday when Colorado faces Minnesota after receiving over 100 stitches in his face, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: O'Byrne suffered a freak accident reminiscent of Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik when he was cut by the skate of Edmonton's Taylor Hall two weeks ago. O'Byrne has been skating and will be back with his teammates when they face Minnesota Tuesday.

3/4/2011

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Nearing Return From Facial Wound

News: O'Byrne skated on his own before Thursday's practice but is not expected to return to the lineup until next week, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: O'Byrne suffered a large facial cut from a skate blade against Edmonton on Feb. 23 and needed roughly 100 stitches to close the wound. He should be fine to re-insert into fantasy lineups starting next weeek.

2/25/2011

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Ryan O'Byrne

Colorado's O'Byrne Out At Least A Week

News: O'Byrne will be out 7-to-10 days after suffering facial lacerations from a skate against Edmonton on Wednesday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: O'Byrne's cut required nearly 100 stitches to close up. O'Byrne has been an ordinary defenseman since joining the Avs in November and has recorded just six assists and no goals on the year.

2/23/2011

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Ryan O'Byrne

Avs' O'Byrne Suffers Facial Laceration

News: O'Byrne left Wednesday's loss to the Oilers after getting slashed on the face by a skate, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: O'Byrne had to get taken to a local hospital for treatment for his lacerations. "He suffered a bad cut on his face," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "They had to take him to get sewn up. Anytime a skate gets near the face, it's always dangerous and scary. I'll know more tomorrow ... I'm sure he'll be fine at the end of the day."

11/12/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Could Make Avs Debut Friday

News: O'Byrne is expected to make his Avs debut Friday against Columbus, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avs' blue line has been ravaged by injuries this year, so O'Byrne will likely be needed until a few of the walking wounded get the green light to return. He will add a physical presence to the lineup, but not enough scoring to consider him for fantasy purposes.

11/11/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Traded to Colorado

News: O'Byrne was traded to Colorado on Thursday for prospect Michael Bournival, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: He wasn't getting minutes in Montreal, but that shouldn't be an issue with a fresh start in Colorado. O'Byrne will provide a physical presence on the Avs' blue line, but it's unlikely that he'll provide an overwhelming offensive presence and become an asset for yours.

10/27/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne Not Getting Playing Time in Montreal

News: O'Byrne did not dress for Wednesday's win over the visiting Islanders.
Analysis: O'Byrne doesn't offer much to the fantasy world, but apparently his NHL team feels the same way. Until he finds consistent ice time, there is little reason to own this kid even in deep dynasty leagues.

1/14/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne returns, sits in press box

News: Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne is back from his personal leave that kept him out four games. However, he was a healthy scratch on Thursday against the Stars.
Analysis: It's good that Montreal gets back an extra body. Now, they just need to find a time to return O'Byrne to the active lineup. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.

1/12/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne set to return Thursday

News: The Montreal Gazette reports that Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne (personal) will return to action Thursday.
Analysis: O'Byrne is in the lineup for his defensive prowess and not his offense. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.

1/9/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne still a no-show

News: Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne (personal) did not return to the lineup on Saturday against the Devils. He has missed four games.
Analysis: Montreal has no timetable yet on when O'Byrne might return. Montreal is at home until Dec. 16, so they hope he is back by then. O'Byrne is in the lineup for his defensive prowess and not his offense. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.

1/7/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne remains on personal leave

News: Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne (personal) did not return to the lineup on Thursday against the Panthers. He has missed three games.
Analysis: O'Byrne is still away from the team tending to personal matters and Montreal has no timetable yet on when he might return. Montreal is at home until Dec. 16, so they hope he is back by then. O'Byrne is in the lineup for his defensive prowess and not his offense. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.

1/5/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne doesn't return Tuesday

News: Canadiens D Ryan O'Byrne missed a second straight game on Tuesday against the Capitals because of personal reasons.
Analysis: Personal matters some times take a few extra days, but Montreal does expect O'Byrne back shortly. The team returns from its one-game road trip on Thursday, so there is a good chance O'Byrne will play later in the week. O'Byrne is in the lineup for his defensive prowess and not his offense. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.

1/4/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

Kostitsyns, O'Byrne out Tuesday

News: RDS reports that Canadiens LW Andrei Kostitsyn (lower body), LW Sergei Kostitsyn (lower body) and D Ryan O'Byrne (personal) will all miss Tuesday's game at Washington.
Analysis: While all three of these guys are important to the Canadiens, only Andrei Kostitsyn is worth worrying about in Fantasy play. He was on fire until this injury popped up, so many owners will be disappointed in having to bench him for Week 14 (Jan. 4-10). He could return later this week, but is just too risky to start. The other two remain non-factors in most Fantasy formats.

1/3/2010

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Ryan O'Byrne

O'Byrne out for personal reasons

News: Montreal D Ryan O'Byrne missed Sunday's game against the Sabres for personal reasons.
Analysis: O'Byrne might miss another game or two, but this issue isn't expected to keep him out for a long period. However, O'Byrne has already missed a great deal of time in 2009-10 due to injury. He has been healthy over the last month and has remained in the Habs' defensive rotation. Still, he is in the lineup for his defensive prowess and not his offense. He is merely a flier in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for defensive stats when active.