May 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles (24) skates with the puck during the first period in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

John-Michael Liles Should Not Be The Carolina Hurricanes Target

Per reports from Darren Dreger of TSN, the Carolina Hurricanes are interested in trading Tuomo Ruutu and Jiri Tlusty for a puck moving defenseman. You can find more on the trade rumors here. A lot of people have said that the Carolina Hurricanes are interested in bringing in John-Michael Liles, who is in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. I’m going to tell you why that would be a bad decision for Jim Rutherford and the Carolina Hurricanes.

When John-Michael Liles was on the Colorado Avalanche from 2003-2011, he was a star offensive defenseman. Now, the 32-year-old defenseman has dropped off the map and is now playing for the Toronto Marlies, the Maple Leafs AHL Team. His play has significantly dropped since 2011, and he has been very inconsistent, which led him to the AHL.

Trading two valuable forwards like Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu would be a massive mistake. Tuomo Ruutu is not worth his 5 million dollars, but John-Michael Liles is being paid 3.875 million. Ruutu may not be worth his contract, but Liles has been much worse.

Throwing Jiri Tlusty into that trade would make it worse for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jiri Tlusty, an extremely reliable two-way forward, is worth much more than Liles. You’d also lose something defensively, because John-Michael Liles is very unreliable on defense, and Tlusty is very good on defense.

John-Michael Liles also is only 5’10”, 185 lbs. He is very small in stature, and that has been a factor in his poor play. With Ryan Murphy, another small offensive defenseman, already on the roster, it kind of seems a bit dumb to get another player like that, unless that player has significant talent.

The Carolina Hurricanes need to think about a trade very hard before they trade two forwards like Tuomo Ruutu and Jiri Tlusty.


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