Liles and Brian Bickell Rumors

With the Toronto Maple Leafs scratching John-Michael Liles, it’s clear they’re trying to shop him. The arrival of Mike Kostka from their AHL farm team, makes Liles redundant. Question is why he was signed to that four-year, $15.5-million contract last. His $3.8-million salary-cap hit makes a trade tough, but teams can work deals now to pick up a percentage of salary.

  • – Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen is wearing a walking boot to the rink because he’s got planter fasciitis, but apparently it doesn’t hurt when his foot is in a skate.
  • – Has there been a hotter player in the last month than Jake Voracek, who plays on the Flyers’ first power-play unit and has 15 points in his last eight games? “One of the strongest power forwards in the NHL right now,” said Flyers coach Peter Laviolette. Voracek is getting the ice time Jaromir Jagr took last year.
  • – The Oilers and other NHL clubs may have some interest in Chicago Blackhawks big-body UFA winger Brian Bickell this summer, but he should come with a buyer-beware tag. “He’s one of those guys who leaves you wanting more. He can really shoot, but from where I sit, I don’t think he’s got a lot of skill,” said an Eastern-based pro scout.
  • – The Detroit Red Wings have to decide this summer whether to re-up former Oilers winger Daniel Cleary, whose body has started to betray him the last few years with a string of injuries. Cleary, 34, always plays hard, but they probably won’t pay him $2.8 million any longer. Maybe the same two-year deal Todd Bertuzzi got ($3.85 million).

7 Responses to Liles and Brian Bickell Rumors

  1. toronto77 says:

    If the oilers make the playoffs than that 4th round conditional pick becomes a 3rd round pick, a possible 3rd round pick for Brown? suddenly I am an oilers fan.

  2. LN91 says:

    Okay, according to Kypreos…Bozak is looking for a contract around the 4-million mark and he will most likely get that through UFA.

    I doubt, hope that Nonis does not sign him because our top-two centers(if you can call them that)will be making a combined 9-million. That is not worth it.

  3. LN91 says:

    12.5 million = Kopitar/Richards (31 points, -1)
    10.2 million = Krejci/Bergeron (33 points, +21)
    11.1 million = Sedin/Kesler (26 points, +9)
    10 million = Duchene/Stastny (31 points, +1)
    6.5 million = Antropov/Little (20 points, +13)

    9.5 million = Bozak/Grabovski (22 points, -4)

    Well, Nonis would be stupid to do that.

  4. leafy says:

    I like Liles and hope the Leafs keep him. He’s a much better player than how he’s being treated. And the blueline has been remarkably healthy mostly, but injuries can strike any time and affect multiple players, then suddenly you wish you had Liles. Sure he’s not cheap but he’s still good.

    Ship out Komisarek. That’s enough. Don’t get rid of both.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      we are not using him though and we have Gardiner in the Marlies. If we can get a decent return or upgrade another position then we should trade Liles. -$3.8M in dead cap for a piece or upgrade is a win of a deal.

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