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It might have to be a really big one.
The ideal center is big bodied, physical threat. That can move across the ice with unbelievable speed. And top it all off when he gets the puck he can twist and turn around the defense getting the puck to the net weather by himself or by passing to one of his wingers. This man doesn’t exist. But JVR is not that far off from the”perfect center” at least for the leafs. He is rather large, light on his feet and isn’t that bad in the face off circle. (the few times Bozak is thrown out). With 11 goals this year he leads the time as next to Kessel he is the biggest offensive threat they have.
As we stand the Toronto Maple Leafs sit in seventh place in the eastern conference, despite the injuries to Joffery Lupul (fore arm) and Mat Frattin (Knee). Lupul came over in a trade with the Ducks two years ago. In this two Years he has become one of the key players in the leafs line up. His role on the first line with Phil Kessel has given the leafs fans something to cheer about in last years lack luster season. Early in this shortened season he was injured from a Dion Phanuef slap shot. Expected to miss the whole year, Matt Frattin was called up from the AHL. Frattin excelled with six goals in six games, before going down with an injury himself.
He isn’t going to pout.
Or stomp his feet. Or whine to the media. Or demand a trade.
That is not John-Michael Liles‘ way.
A healthy scratch for the past four games, Liles admitted on Sunday that he is not happy being forced to watch games from the press box.
While it may be a stretch to say defenceman John-Michael Liles is on borrowed time with the Maple Leafs, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.
We’re not suggesting Liles, who has an annual salary cap hit of $3.875-million US through the 2015-16 season, has played his last game as a Leaf. But he has been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games and could be out again on Saturday night in Ottawa against the Senators.