Maple Leafs' O'Byrne eager to get going

Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner (left) and Ryan O'Byrne chat during practice on Friday. They were paired...

Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner (left) and Ryan O'Byrne chat during practice on Friday. They were paired during drills, but it's not known if either will play on Saturday in New Jersey. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:44 PM ET

TORONTO - Stepladders would’ve helped a few reporters at the MasterCard Centre on Friday when newcomers Ryan O’Byrne and Joe Colborne spoke with skates on, raising their 6-foot-5 frames a few inches higher.

O’Byrne has the best chance of playing Saturday in New Jersey, after the Leafs effort and attention span on defence suffered in a 5-3 loss to the Flyers. The intriguing tandem of O’Byrne and the recently benched Jake Gardiner was given a test drive, two days after O’Byrne was acquired from Colorado.

“It has been a long 36 hours waiting to get on the ice and get involved,” O’Byrne said. “I had a good talk with Randy Carlyle yesterday, I have a practice under my belt and now I’m going to try the systems so I can maybe get to play.”


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