John Liles’ situation, Souray update
The John Liles situation – and it has entered into “situation” territory – figures to be interesting again tomorrow. Will Liles get back in the lineup against Columbus, or will he be benched again? Needless to say, he and his agent aren’t happy at the benching he received Sunday night, especially not after having put up nine points in his previous 10 games. Liles is too laid back to come out and rip the team or anything, but his agent, Joe Resnick, had a hard time biting his tongue the other night.
There have been reports out there that Liles has a list of 18 teams on his “no trade” list, and 12 that are “OK” if a deal should happen. I don’t know for a fact those are the number of teams on either list. I haven’t been able to confirm that either way. But if it is the case, it was a bad decision by the Avs to have ever agreed to such a provision. You have to be really careful in handing out no-trade deals, and teams have gotten away from such care in recent years.
Look at what happened with the Rangers last night, when Ales Kotalik reportedly held up a deal to the Flames for Olli Jokinen. (And how in the world did Ales Kotalik ever get a partial no-trade deal and Olli Jokinen didn’t?).
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.