Sep 30, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT
In different ways, Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles and Los Angeles Kings blueliner Jeff Schultz are victims of the numbers game. They’re both headed to their teams’ respective AHL affiliates after clearing waivers on Monday.
Liles, 32, finds himself in this predicament in a large part because of Toronto’s tight salary cap crunch. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that he’s headed to the Toronto Marlies, accompanying moves that include Morgan Rielly making the team and Frazer McLaren hitting the LTIR.
Schultz, 27, simply wasn’t good enough to make the cut. That being said, it’s probably more difficult to make the Kings’ defensive mix than most NHL teams’ groups.
Either way, two guys who could probably play at the game’s highest level to at least some extent are instead in the AHL. Sheldon Souray must be having sympathy pains.
- Video: Kessel, Booth get into altercation at Leafs practice 15
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 25
- After Howard fails to ‘bounce back,’ Mrazek to receive ‘opportunity’ 30
- Bruins can’t hold Ducks off, suffer sixth loss in a row 27
- Ticket punched: Rangers become first team to clinch 2015 playoff berth 13
- Coyotes ‘win’ against Sabres in OT 51
- Marchand: If Bruins miss playoffs, ‘this is going to be a much different group next year’ 20
- Is Lecavalier offering to retire early to facilitate trade out of Philly? 28
- Hextall insists he’s ‘on the same page’ with Snider 16
- Krejci ‘probable’ to return versus Ducks 11
- Dreger: ‘In Kessel’s case, I firmly believe he’s going to be traded’ (73)
- Red Wings beat Blues in OT, but should winning goal count? (56)
- Tank-worthy? Connor McDavid finishes OHL season with 120 points in 47 games (56)
- Report: No fine or suspension for Tyler Toffoli’s hit on Alex Burrows (51)
- Coyotes ‘win’ against Sabres in OT (51)