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Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn done for year with torn MCL

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Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn done for year with torn MCL

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Mike Van Ryn's injury riddled season is finally over.

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

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

This has been a tough first season as a Leaf after being traded from Florida as part of the Bryan McCabe deal.

Van Ryn suffered a concussion in early November after being driven into the boards from behind by Montreal Canadiens' forward Tom Kostopoulos 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 he has managed to play this year, Van Ryn has three goals and eight assists.

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

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Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn done for year with torn MCL