Saturday, February 23, 2013
Leafs could move Liles
By Victoria Matiash
Poised to be a healthy scratch for the fourth-straight game, John-Michael Liles appears to be the most dispensable defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs as far as a potential trade is concerned (assuming no other team is interested in touching Mike Komisarek's $4.5 million salary cap hit). Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun suggests the Maple Leafs could move Liles before this season's trade deadline.
"... Jake Gardiner won’t be with the Toronto Marlies forever, and Morgan Rielly, another slick young defenceman, will be given every chance to make the Leafs out of training camp next September ... Leafs coach Randy Carlyle prefers big, physical defencemen. Liles is neither. Gardiner and Rielly aren’t physical, but they’re faster and have greater offensive upside. In the long run, Carl Gunnarsson also might not be safe ..."
Signed through 2016 at an average annual salary of $3.875 million, Liles (modified no-trade clause) would likely be open to a trade if it means the return to a regular top-six role.