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Leafs’ Liles headlines list of players on waivers

Sep 29, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

John-Michael Liles AP

Teams are in need of being down to their 23-man roster by tomorrow and that means today is loaded with players on waivers. 37 players to be exact.

Highlighting the list is Toronto defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Maple Leafs are in a cap crunch and would also like to get more of a look at rookie Morgan Rielly. His $3.875 million cap hit on a deal which he’s got three years left on made him a prime candidate to be waived. Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports says the Leafs have spent the past few days trying to trade him but to no avail.

Toronto also put blue liners Korbinian Holzer and T.J. Brennan on waivers as well as forwards Trevor Smith and Troy Bodie and goalie Drew McIntyre.

Other notable players on waivers include:

Cory Emmerton - Detroit: The Wings have 17 forwards in camp and are a bit over the salary cap. Waiving Emmerton only addresses the roster total as his cap hit is a paltry $533,000.

Jeff Schultz - Los Angeles: He lost out in his camp battle with Keaton Ellerby. He was bought out by the Washington Capitals this summer.

Alexander Sulzer - Buffalo: Rookie Rasmus Ristolainen making the Sabres roster squeezed him out of a job with the big club.

Adam Pardy - Winnipeg: He too may be here thanks to losing out in camp to a rookie. In this case it’s 2012 first-round pick Jacob Trouba.

If your team feels the need for a tough guy, there’s a few to choose from. New Jersey’s Cam Janssen, Colorado’s Guillaume Desbiens, Washington’s Joel Rechlicz, Anaheim’s Nolan Yonkman, and New York Islanders defenseman Joe Finley are all there for the picking.

  1. ragsrus - Sep 29, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Devils can use him, he’s better then anybody they’ve got right now.

  2. kaptaanamerica - Sep 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Well well well, I wonder if some of the scum bag leafs fans who were on here claiming the leafs weren’t going to just get rid of this guy will be back to make an apology to everyone who said they wouldn’t get a bag of hammers for liles. Seems like no one wanted to trade anything of even minor consequence for him.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Funny, where’s the apology from you scum bag leafs trolls who were claiming there was now way the Leafs could get Kadri and Franson (or Raymond for that matter) with less than $6M in cap space.

      FYI sending Liles to the AHL is essentially “getting rid of him”. Unless someone claims him off waivers, JML is out of the NHL.

      • kaptaanamerica - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

        Lags fans were going on about how they’d get something for the guy when hockey fans were saying you can’t have kadri, franson and liles all signed and delivered under this cap.you all were claiming you’d get something for him. Raymond is no steal, the guy is pretty useless always just saying around the perimeter.didn’t leafs have to dump salary by trading cobourne for a late pick? Something else you all were saying wouldn’t have to happen when hockey fans were telling you repeatedly that is exactly what would have to happen because of the cap trouble the leafs got themselves into.it wad all about the bad signings of Clarkson and bozak at too high of a cap hit.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 29, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Yawn, no one was saying anything like that. Would be amazing if you had a clue what you were talking about.

  3. pfhockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    That picture, lol

  4. mclovinhockey - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Bet he ends up back with the Avs

    • jernster21 - Sep 30, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      We have plenty of “offensive defensemen” that can’t play defense. And his contract? Yeah, no thanks.

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