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Toronto acquired defenseman John-Michael Liles from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2012.
Despite his obvious offensive production, Liles was benched a number of times by Colorado's coaching staff for his frustrating defensive lapses.
Additionally, Liles has had recurring injury problems the past few seasons.
Combining all these factors with his $4.2 million cap hit, the trade deadline acquisition of Erik Johnson and Liles became an expendable commodity.
The Avs wanted to dump him and took what they could get.
Toronto gets a win here.
Whatever his issues in Colorado, he serves a different purpose with the Leafs.
Toronto needs to put the puck in the net more often, and Liles will certainly help there.
The team is only on the hook for one season, so it's little risk for the Leafs, with potential for a high reward.