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Liles likely facing ‘tough decision’ from Maple Leafs

Sep 27, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

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The future of defenseman John-Michael Liles with the Toronto Maple Leafs sounds uncertain all of the sudden.

Liles is entering the second year of his four-year deal with the Maple Leafs, and comes with an annual cap hit of $3.875 million. That said, the prospect of him making this team doesn’t sound all that promising.

“The feelings that are inside the management and the coach’s office should be left there,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, according to Chris Johnston of

“We know there are tough decisions coming. We think that some people have separated themselves both positively and negatively.”

According to, the Leafs are still above the 2013-14 salary cap.

There were several reports out of Toronto on Friday that the 32-year-old Liles will likely be assigned to the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League, although he would have to clear waivers first.

“You go out there and do what you can do,” Liles told the National Post. “Ultimately it’s up to the front office and not up to you. That’s all you can do.”

Last season, following the lockout, Liles struggled at times as a puck-moving blue liner, producing 11 points in 32 games. He suited up in only four playoff games.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Sep 27, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Going to Toronto put this guy’s career in the toilet.should have stayed in Colorado.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 28, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    It is unfortunate, he’s not that bad at all. I don’t get why he’s so untradeable… but Carolina’s signing guys like Komisarek and Hainsey. Leafs could retain some of his salary to make it easier to move him.

    He’s always played well IMO, just not much of a checker which is what Carlyle prefers. That’s why he’s usually benched. Colorado should take him back. Islanders could use him too, they haven’t done anything to replace Streit leaving.

    Oh well… suck to be Liles. Thank Burke for that contract.

  3. bigx21 - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Moving to Toronto was a biggg mistake by Liles. Now you know how Leafs organization takes care of their high paid players … By benching them and sending them to AHL. Colorado will welcome you back with Roy as coach!!

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