The Carolina Hurricanes have traded John-Michael Liles to the Boston Bruins in exchange for prospect Anthony Camara, a 3rd-round, and a 5th-round pick.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 29, 2016
John-Michael Liles Traded
The 35-year old defenseman has had a relatively successful season so far with the Hurricanes, as he has six goals, nine assists, and only 16 penalty minutes. By no means are these eye-popping stats, but his lack of penalty minutes speaks for a disciplined style of play. Another positive to Liles is the level of experience he brings to his new organization. Currently in his 12th NHL season, he has played in 783 games in his career, and during that has been able to rack up 359 points, very respectable numbers for a defenseman.
Liles is currently in the final season of a 4-year/$15.5 million contract, originally given to him by the Toronto Maple Leafs before the 2012-13 season. Due to the fact that there is only roughly one-fourth of the season left, the Bruins will only have to take one quarter of his $3.875 million cap hit for this season, which is roughly $969,000, a cap hit that won’t phase any team in the league, let alone the Bruins.
Liles, 35, was drafted with the 159th overall pick (5th round) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche, where he played his first seven seasons in the league. Liles played NCAA collegiate hockey for the Michigan State Spartans and he is a minority owner of the USHL team, the Indiana Ice.
With the move, it looks like the Hurricanes have become sellers at the trade deadline, and are prepared to look towards the future.
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Main Photo Caption: DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 21: John-Michael Liles #26 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on October 21, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Hurricanes defeated the Avalanche 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)