Toronto Maple Leafs Aquire John-Michael Liles From Colorado
Known for making deals at the draft, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled the trigger on a deal that will see 30 year-old defenseman John-Michael Liles traded from the Colorado Avalanche in return for the Maple Leafs (via Boston) 2012 second-round draft pick.
Liles was rumored to be headed to Toronto at last seasons trade deadline but the deal never came to fruition.
Known as a power play specialist and a tremendous passer, Liles will likely fit into the Maple Leafs top two defensive pairings, replacing the role, skill set and minutes (he averaged 22:00 per game last season) that departed long time Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle filled.
Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles registered six goals and 40 assists for a total of 46 points last season. Through 523 career NHL games, Liles collected 68 goals and 207 assists for a total of 275 points.
Liles hit double-digits in goals scored in 2005-06 (14), 2006-07 (14) and 2008-09 (12). With so little goal scoring coming form Toronto’s blueline last season, Liles will be welcomed with open arms.
Liles also brings a total of 36 playoff games to the table, in which he registered four goals and seven assists for a total of 11 points.
At $4.2 million (cap hit), Liles contract is considered good value for what he brings to the table. Liles has a modified no-movement clause which allows him to provide his team a a list of 18 teams he will not be traded to. He will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
The addition of Liles leaves the Maple Leafs with a total of $18,785,000 in cap space with 17 players currently under contract.
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