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