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Paul noted that ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tossed off a set of "Rumblings" with Olympic ramifications--and, "Lemme tell ya, kids, them Russkies are gonna be furious that the IIHF won't let them revise their rosters until right before the 'Perfect Olympics'"--and LeBrun's comments were made in parallel with TSN's latest epsiode of Insider Trading. LeBrun, Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie touched on a set of topics that included some bona-fide trade talk and this intriguing topic:
Commissioner Gary Bettman talked about expansion and said nothing was imminent. What is happening?
McKenzie: Bettman said there was no formal process in place but you have to believe there may be an informal process that is in the works. We know the NHL wants to get to 32 teams, the question is when it could happen. The absolute earliest you could add teams to the NHL would be the 2015-2016 season, just less than two years away. The league needs a one-year lead time on that, therefore if anything is happening, it will escalate over the next ten months.
The Toronto Maple Leafs will announce today that the club has signed defenceman John-Michael Liles to a four-year, $15.5 million contract extension.
Liles, 31, has four goals and 17 assists for 21 points in 34 games this season and has averaged more than 21 minutes of ice time per game.
Liles, who has been on injured reserve since December 27, has missed the last 15 games due to a concussion.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Another player is lost to a malady common to the Toronto Maple Leafs – concussion-like symptoms.
Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said Tuesday after the Leafs game-day skate in preparation for a meeting with the Florida Panthers that defenceman John-Michael Liles was placed on the injured-reserve list. Wilson did not give a date for Liles’s return, saying only they are “shutting him down for a few days.”
continued and watch the video of the hit last Thursday that could have caused the symptoms…
I can’t believe Liles didn’t ‘feel’ that hit coming.
For a player coming to a new organization after spending almost a decade with another team, the adjustment period can last quite a while. Even if the player performs well on the ice right from the get-go, there can be a slow transition off of it.
I’ll admit, I have neither seen nor heard much of John-Michael Liles in interviews, but I am thoroughly impressed with his charismatic and contagious personality. As I began watching his interview at the Toronto Sick Kids hospital, I was taken aback by his poise and professionalism. He speaks confidently in front of the sometimes-suffocating Toronto media, answers questions thoughtfully, and embraces the opportunity to play for the Maple Leafs.
Despite growing up in Indianapolis, playing college hockey and spending the last eight seasons in the Western Conference, Liles understands the magnitude and responsibility that comes with playing for this team. He acknowledges the rich history that has proceeded before him and arrives with a firm mandate not to alter with it.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
But if that’s what Colorado hockey has become — small-market, committed to hugging the salary-cap floor and making moves to ensure that even signing a veteran goalie won’t lead to Colorado jumping up from the bottom of the league’s payroll list — then it’s additional confirmation that “rebuilding” has become a cynical rationalization for operating on what passes for “on the cheap” in the everything’s-relative world of pro sports.
I’m not saying Liles, who will turn 31 in November, is going to end up in the Hockey Hall of Fame up the street from the Air Canada Centre. He would have been a productive member of the Avalanche in the upcoming season. I suppose the Avs even could crow about his being an organizational product, because they drafted him in the fifth round in 2000 and got several years of service out of him before sending him on for a second-round pick from the Maple Leafs.
But he could have helped Colorado THIS season, he was a better choice to bring back than others and this organization still seems prone to overrating its pipeline talent.
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Do I think the Avs are trying to trade Liles right now? Yes, absolutely. Nobody will go on the record saying that, but a couple conversations around the league I’ve had about his situation lead me to believe the answer is yes. Do I know where he might go? No, not at the moment.
The trade I advocated the other day (Liles and maybe a pick to Edmonton for Sheldon Souray) would appear to be dead in the water now, with Souray out indefinitely with a broken hand. But does it have to be? The fact is, Souray probably would be OK to play by early March or so, give or take a few, and his acquisition would be for a late-season run and, if all goes well, two more years after that.
So, theoretically anyway, such a deal still could happen.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
“The coaching staff made it known why I was sitting out and what I needed to do,” Liles said. “They wanted more of me. They wanted me to elevate my game, and it’s something that I’m not going to say that I disagree with them. They felt it was the right move to sit me out. You come back, work hard and try to respond. That’s what I was trying to do (Saturday night).”
Liles, 29, has 15 points in 29 games and is a minus-4. Seven of his points have come on the power play (two goals), on which his lack of production probably is most responsible for him landing in coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse.
Sacco had nothing further to add to his assessment of Liles from last week at the time of the defenseman’s benching, other than the coach is looking for a better all-around game and perhaps the intangible of more hunger to succeed.
via the Denver Post,
Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles will not play in tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators and is out indefinitely with a hand injury he suffered against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.
Avs coach Tony Granato said he hopes to have Liles back by the end of the team’s six-game road trip, which begins Friday night at Washington.
From Bob McKenzie at TSN:
Scratch defenceman John-Michael Liles from the list of available free agents.
Sources tell TSN that Liles and the Colorado Avalanche have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth an average of slightly more than $4 million per year.
Update 10:50pm ET: TSN’s link has been updated to include Adam Foote’s signing,
Sources tell TSN Foote’s deal is believed to be for two years and a total of $6 million, or $3 million per year.
*thanks to Shane in the comments for pointing out the update