Stay Or Leave: Ryan O'Byrne

O' BURNED! (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Last contract: 3 yr 2.825 million

2010-2011 Stats (w/ Avalanche): GP 64 G 0 Ast 10 Pts 10

Ryan O’Byrne can be summed up with one moment as an Avalanche player. The incident where he was struck under the mouth with a skate blade and still finished his shift showed all Avs fans the toughness O’Byrne brings to the ice every game. At 6’6” he is by far the biggest player on the ice for the Avs, which will hopefully change sometime soon. O’Byrne did light it up statistically but he came to play everyday.

Stay or Leave? Stay. 2 years 2.25 per

Ryan O’Byrne is another one of the Avs many restricted free agents going into this offseason and nearly 27 years old he is not a player the Avs can afford to lose. With Foote retiring O’Byrne becomes the new sheriff of the Avalanche defensive corps and along with JML is the veteran of the defense.

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