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Leafs recall Liles, Rielly to World Juniors?

Dec 6, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have recalled veteran blueliner John-Michael Liles from the AHL Marlies, the club announced on Friday.

Liles, 33, has been buried in the minors for some cap relief of his four-year, $15.5 million deal… of which there are three years remaining (Liles also has a modified no-trade clause.)

The former Avalanche rearguard has played well for the Marlies, scoring three goals and 13 points with a team-best plus-9 rating through 16 games.

Liles’ recall has fueled speculation that Toronto might release 19-year-old rookie defenseman Morgan Rielly to play for Canada at the upcoming World Junior tournament. Rielly was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s win over Dallas and it doesn’t appear the Leafs are in any rush to make a decision on his playing future.


  1. elvispocomo - Dec 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Here’s a question I haven’t thought of previously: how does loaning a player to the world junior team affect cap and roster space? I’d think at least it’d allow to open up a roster space, but would it temporarily allow for their cap hit to be off the books as well?

    • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM may have your answer. I haven’t looked, but I know they have a lot of information about how the cap works somewhere on there.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        Well, that was very … general. I’d have to wait until we see a player actually loaned for the WJHC to check the result to a team’s cap. Certainly the Leafs have some LTI they can use and some cap space as well, but just curious after they were so close to the cap earlier.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        No I thought they had some educational resources aside from team-by-team cap layouts. I looked through the FAQs, didn’t find it. If I do, I’ll post it here.

      • ibieiniid - Dec 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        i didn’t get a chance to look through all this, but this is good info to read anyway, regardless of whether the thing you were wondering is in there:

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