NHL Trade Rumors: Will Avalanche Pull The Trigger on a John-Michael Liles Trade?
NHL Trade Rumors: John-Michael Liles Garnering Serious Interest Around The NHL
Back in November, trading John-Michael Liles from the Colorado Avalanche would've sent shockwaves throughout the league. He was one of the hottest puck-moving defensemen on one of the league's hottest teams.
But now its February, the Avalanche are in a free-fall and the organization is apparently in clearance mode, which means most everything must go. That includes Liles, who despite his recent struggles, unappealing plus-minus and equally unappealing cap hit, is getting a lot of interest around the league. Numerous reports are stating the Maple Leafs have zeroed in on Liles, including Darren Dreger of TSN who wrote Liles is at the top of their list.
Nothing is imminent yet, but the Maple Leafs obviously like Liles, who they see as a replacement for Tomas Kaberle.
My question is, they were so hot to get rid of Kaberle last week, what sense does it make to give up assets to pretty much get the same player with some of the same deficiencies and a pretty expensive cap hit to boot.
I mean, Liles and Kaberle are pretty similar players. And while Liles has had a solid season offensively and the Maple Leafs need that type of player trading two of their top six defensemen away, it just screams "lateral move" in my book.
We'll have to see how things play out in the next week or so, but there's definitely interest there on the Maple Leafs' part.
No sense, but interest.
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