Mike Van Ryn Possibly Suffers Second Concussion in Maple Leafs' Beatdown

Derek HarmsworthSenior Writer IDecember 19, 2008

Aside from the fact that the Maple Leafs lost last night's barnburner in Boston, there is some more bad news being reported this morning.

Defenseman Mike Van Ryn, just three games into his return from a concussion, could be sidelined again with a similar problem.

Van Ryn was checked into the boards last night by Boston's Milan Lucic, and appeared to come in a little high.  Van Ryn went to the bench with a gash in his eyebrow.

Van Ryn missed over 30 days of the season after being hit from behind by Montreal's Tom Kostopoulos earlier this year.

At this point there is nothing but speculation on the amount of time the Leafs defender could be sidelined. However, two concussions so close together certainly won't bode well for Van Ryn—or the Leafs.

Although the hit delivered by Lucic wasn't necessarily a dirty one, a long-term injury to Van Ryn at the hands of an opponent will only further Brian Burke's pursuit of an enforcer.

Although it is possible Anton Stralman could be called up should Van Ryn miss time, it is more likely that Jonas Frogren will be ready to go this Saturday if the Leafs need a body on the back end.