Van Ryn's season over

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

The agony isn't over for Mike Van Ryn, but the season is for the hard-luck Maple Leafs defenceman.

Coach Ron Wilson confirmed the expected yesterday: That Van Ryn won't be back in the lineup this season after suffering a torn medial collateral ligament Saturday against Edmonton, his fourth serious injury of the disastrous season.

The closest the London, Ont. native got to a shred of good medical news over the past several months came with the diagnosis, however, with word that it wasn't the anterior cruciate ligament that had been damaged, an injury that would have required more serious treatment and far more recovery time.

"We suspected it might be worse, but fortunately for him it's not," Wilson said. "He's down for eight weeks, which means he's through (for this season) but he won't have to spend three or four months in the summer time rehabbing a surgically repaired ACL, so he's fortunate there."

Van Ryn suffered the latest injury early in the first period of his team's loss to the Oilers when his knee appeared to buckle underneath him.

As a result of the setback, Van Ryn's season ends with just 27 games played, seven more than with the Panthers in 2007-08.

Another among the unfortunate Leafs is fellow blueliner, Jonas Frogren, whose injury is still being referred to by the team as "a lower body" ailment. Wilson said Frogren will be out for "four weeks at least" which almost certainly will end his rookie NHL season as well.

LOOSE LEAFS

Leafs goaltender Vesa Toskala was expected to undergo hip surgery yesterday in Vail, Colorado ... Though they aren't struggling at the gate like some of the NHL's weak southern sisters, the Senators' poor record has hurt attendance. Prior to last night, the team had sold out just 13 of 32 home contests. A year ago, they filled the Scotiabank Centre 38 times, including the final 34 games ... The Leafs play host to the New York Islanders tonight, looking to win the second half of back-to-back contests for the third consecutive time. After going 1-5-1 in the first seven such situations, the Leafs won their past two: Feb. 26 over the Islanders (after beating the Rangers the night before) and on Feb. 22 when they beat the Rangers, the night after the shootout loss to Vancouver.


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