Carolina Hurricanes Offseason Preview: Buy Outs

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John-Michael Liles

Apr 3, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen John-Michael Liles (26) carries the puck agains the Dallas Stars at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Dallas Stars 4-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes traded Tim Gleason to the Toronto Maple Leafs for John-Michael Liles and Dennis Robertson on January 1, 2014. Since then, John-Michael Liles has 9 points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 30 games with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The idea of having John-Michael Liles on the team is good, but it doesn’t make too much sense considering the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to get rid of salary.

John-Michael Liles does roughly score 1 point every 3 games, but he had 3 points alone against the Dallas Stars on Thursday. So excluding that game against the Stars, Liles has 6 points in 29 games with the team. Those stats don’t look too attractive anymore.

To John-Michael Liles’ credit, he is +10 with the team, but is that really worth his $3.875 million cap hit per year until 2016? I do not think so.

At 33 years old, John-Michael Liles is one of the oldest players on the team. It’s unlikely that his point production will shoot back up in the last couple of years in his contract.

The Carolina Hurricanes also have to consider that Ryan Murphy is younger, less expensive, and potentially better than John-Michael Liles. Murphy could, potentially, play the same power play/offensive defenseman role for the Carolina Hurricanes next season

If I was calling the shots for the Carolina Hurricanes, I would certainly consider buying out Liles’ contract, unless a trade could be made for him.

Likelihood Of A Buyout: Likely

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