Leafs waive John Michael Liles, 5 others


The Maple Leafs placed John-Michael Liles, Trevor Smith, Korbinian Holzer, TJ Brennan, Troy Bodie and Drew MacIntyre on waivers at noon today. If they clear by noon tomorrow, all will join the Toronto Marlies.

Liles has been waived to save $925,000 of his $3,875,000 on the cap, which could be used to keep Morgan Rielly with the team, at least for the first nine games. It is not out of the question yet, should Rielly get sent to junior after 9 games, that Liles could return to the top 7 with the big club.

Carter Ashton looks to have grabbed a spot for opening night thanks to a great effort throughout camp. Jamie Devane may stick around to replace Frazer McLaren if he isn’t ready to play due to his pinky injury. This would require placing McLaren on the long term injury reserve. If not, Devane is on an entry-level deal and can be sent down or recalled at any time. Same goes for Ashton.


Here’s what the Leafs are roughly looking at for an opening day roster:

Note: Morgan Rielly’s cap hit is, effectively, not the full amount due to the bonus cushion.

James Van Riemsdyk ($4.250m) / Tyler Bozak ($4.200m) / Phil Kessel ($5.400m)
Joffrey Lupul ($5.250m) / Nazem Kadri ($2.900m) / Nikolai Kulemin ($2.800m)
Mason Raymond ($1.000m) / Dave Bolland ($3.375m) / Carter Ashton ($1.040m)
Frazer McLaren ($0.700m) [IR] / Jay McClement ($1.500m) / Colton Orr ($0.925m)
David Clarkson ($5.250m) [suspended]

Dion Phaneuf ($6.500m) / Carl Gunnarsson ($3.150m)
Jake Gardiner ($1.117m) / Cody Franson ($2.000m)
Mark Fraser ($1.275m) / Paul Ranger ($1.000m)
Morgan Rielly ($1.744m)

Jonathan Bernier ($2.900m)
James Reimer ($1.800m)

Buyout: Darcy Tucker ($1.000m)
Buyout: Colby Armstrong ($1.000m)
Buried: John-Michael Liles ($2.950m)
RETAINED SALARY TRANSACTIONS (0.778% of upper limit)
Matt Frattin ($0.437m—0.5%) Ben Scrivens ($0.062m—0.1%)

SALARY CAP: $64,300,000; CAP PAYROLL: $65,525,833; BONUSES: $1,350,000
CAP SPACE (22-man roster): $124,167

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  • 4evrblue

    Honestly didn’t expect Liles to get waived. Figured they would find a way to keep him.

  • JMaster

    I would like to see Smith, Brennan, and Bodie to stay in the organization, they all look really good, especially Smith and Bodie, they showed the talent to be able to be called up and step into the line-up no problem

  • Zabadoo

    Smart move – no-lose situation.  Liles gives us cap space if he’s claimed – allows Rielly to spend a month with the club – covers us for injuries –  and plays big minutes every game to get back in the groove

  • JMAC17

    The team is looking pretty sharp…lots of speed, grit and offence.
    We need that defence corps to take a big step forward.

  • mORRganRielly

    Hmmm, including Rielly means that we’re pushing into the bonus cushion and not the actual cap, correct?

  • Xxxxxnew

    bcostellothn: Joe Colborne’s ranking in THN Future Watch since being drafted in 2008: 34th in ’09, 23rd in ’10, 45th in ’11, 18th in ’12; unranked in ’13.


    Can’t see Liles getting claimed. I hope Nonis at least TRIED to convince the Flames to take him with Colborne.

  • peterbleafs

    A series of very solid moves and choices for the waiver wire.  Good job, I agree with every step.  Even Liles understands he may be down there for just the first 10 games.  Cap has made it real tough, but next year we are done with ARmstrong and Tuckers crap, and the cap will rise substantially.


    Nice to see that Ashton made the team. He earned a spot, imo. Would have liked to see Bodie over Devane, though.

  • 4evrblue

    DWCMLHS there are rumors that he has been trying to trade him

  • 2minutes

    An agreement with CGY to pickup Liles on waivers possibly?

  • ionsys

    Devane salary less than McClaren due to bonuses?
    No comment on Leivo or MacWilliam yet–presume waiting to see if Liles is claimed–if he is then both stay?

  • MaxwellHowe

    I thought Trevor Smith could have played a useful role – he still may if not claimed

  • Jordan29

    So are we under the cap now with Liles gone? I don’t get how Rielly will stay here. Ranger must not be ready.
    Hopefully those work and Fraser is good on that side

  • Knights2Leafs

    Penthouse has waived him.

  • Dan39

    Yaknowwhat Are you out of your mind? We would not waive him, no matter what happened.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Knights2Leafs Yaknowwhat 

  • Dan39

    Xxxxxnew PPP had him at number 6 in Leafs – good work there, boys lol

  • MLHS_Luke

    peterbleafs Next summer is going to be ugly with all the signings we have to make though..If we keep Phaneuf, it will get tricky.

  • Pent_House

    Knights2Leafs Yaknowwhat You’ve been promoted to my assistant GM.

  • Jay_Berg

    So we are playing 11 forwards opening night then? How long until we can place McLaren on then LTIR so we can plug in a 12th forward?

  • Jmessih

    ionsys Prob being sent down

  • rustynail

    Jay_Berg MOnday

  • Knights2Leafs

    why is it cap circumventing – isn’t the only thing it does is get around Liles using his NTC?

  • Jay_Berg

    As in tomorrow?

  • rustynail

    Jay_Berg yup

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Jay_Berg Belive you have to wait till  the roster is set to place someone on IR right ?

  • wiski

    Knights2Leafs TheCanucksnaphook what if he refused to report?

  • rustynail

    Burtonboy rustynail Jay_Berg isn’t that tomorrow?

  • Burtonboy

    rustynail Burtonboy Jay_Berg Yep jus saying lol

  • Jay_Berg

    That’s convenient! So we will have 12 forwards opening night then (ie Devane)

  • Jmessih

    Sound send Rielly down, previous examples of Gardiner and Fowler show RC struggles to trust young offensive damn, I don’t this will work out. RC already made comments saying Gardiner is not playing well now, and Rielly is nowhere near Gardiners level. Folwer was supposed to be a franchise offensive dman, he was scratched frequently and is no longer that offensive stud.

  • Knights2Leafs

    Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s just getting his 9 games in. Put a few extra dollars in his pocket and give something to take back to junior.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook That’s not fully guaranteed yet .

  • Cameron19

    Jordan29 He’s dressing 7D, he said.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Knights2Leafs Jmessih 
    That’s what I figure, K2L.  9 game sniff….then back to junior.

  • Pent_House

    Yaknowwhat not you, we’re letting you go. K2L has been promoted.

  • Jay_Berg

    reporterchris: The #leafs are still finalizing roster plans behind the scenes. Morgan Rielly hasn’t been told yet if he’s staying or going.

  • Burtonboy

    TheCanucksnaphook Burtonboy Easy big boy I was talking to Henny lol

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    That trade for Kaberle’s not looking so good now. Big Joe gone for a 4th and Liles on waivers.

  • Knights2Leafs

    But Liles could have refused a trade to Calgary? But can’t stop being picked up off waivers? Is that right?

  • Pent_House

    ingy56 Considering what Kaberle’s play looks like we got equal value

  • Cameron19

    wiski Knights2Leafs TheCanucksnaphook He gives up 4.25 million dollars then.

  • ionsys

    hunch is that all of devane, ashton,reilly,leivo,macw kept provided someone claims liles–and FraserM put on ltir—-am assuming all these added guys have bonuses  not counting  in hard cap

  • http://i.imgur.com/MyKj5C3.gif ingy56

    Pent_House ingy56 There’s that way of looking at it I guess.

  • Doorman

    REMINDER….  Doug Gilmour League is drafting today!!!

  • charlieb83

    Bryan is their golden child.

  • Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

    Should have taken the reported Columbus offer of Voracek (if I recall correctly).

  • Long Sufferin Leaf Fan

    Doorman @3?

  • wendelsway1

    Bon Scott was a Leaf fan Knights2Leafs Jmessih Oh I do know….I think that will depend on just how good he looks in those 9 games.  I really don’t think anything is set in stone just yet.