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09-05-2012, 12:00 PM
smoke meat pete*
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Originally Posted by SpezDispenser View Post
Why would you trade a guy who just signed with you - and loves being there to boot.
Just my take on it:

Heading toward last years deadline, Liles was coming off a concussion and was a pending UFA, so there was no market to trade him. Burke liked the asset so re-signed him to a fair deal.

We also have a group of young defenceman similar to Liles (PMD, somewhat soft and not great defensively) who will be taking over his role in the next year or so.

So he was never, IMHO, a long term asset who would be part of our core long term. He was/is a stop gap so, if the right deal comes up, no matter when he was re-signed, he can be dealt with no regrets.

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