Maple Leafs Acquire O’Byrne from Avalanche.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have dealt a fourth round pick in 2013 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Ryan O’Byrne. SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meet the guy who replaces Mike Komisarek. O’Byrne (6-5, 240), is considered a rugged second-pairing...

Hitting Alive and Well in NHL.

Hard, clean bodychecks in the first week of this NHL season disprove the myth a crackdown on headshots would take hitting out of the game. As the National Hockey League in recent years lurched toward a purposeful crackdown on targeted hits to players’ heads,...