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Maple Leafs announce that defenceman Mike Van Ryn will sit out another season

TORONTO – Veteran NHL defenceman Mike Van Ryn has decided to sit out another season while recovering from a knee injury, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday.

Van Ryn last appeared in a game for the Maple Leafs on March 7, 2009.

The 31-year-old sat out all of last season rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing realignment surgery in October.

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In 353 career games for St. Louis, Florida and Toronto, Van Ryn has 30 goals and 129 points.

Van Ryn becomes an unrestricted free agent on Thursday.