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Mike Van Ryn of the Toronto Maple Leafs will sit out another season after knee surgery. ((Dave Sandford/Getty Images) )

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.

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