Doubt it tbh. Liles was brought in to carry the load until gunner is ready/capable of fulfilling the role. I would not like to see Aulie/Schenn dumped down to the third pairing would crush the development of them plus they both are capable of top4 minutes.
To spend big money on another d-man, Komi will have to be moved. Otherwise its just too much money on our back end. I actually like the look of our defence though. If Gunnarsson takes another step forward in his offensive ability, we should get enough back end production with him, Liles, and Phaneuf.
Out of those 8 most likely Lebda is the one thats moving into the minors while Lashoff stays as the 7th defense men. The only possible way I see the Leafs acquiring more defensemen is if Schenn or Aulie are dealt in a deal for a number 1 C or Komisarek traded for cap relief.
Is there a chance Komi gets sent to the minors so Leafs can use his cap space to sign Erhoff?
Sadly there is no chance Komisarek can be sent down to the minors because Komisarek has a no movement clause, the only possibly way we get him off our backs is trading him to teams that have so much cap space like the Isles and Panthers and need money to reach the cap floor
The addition of JM Liles addressed a need for a PMD and offensive dman, and it made the defense more costly in the process.
Granted, while Liles is going to help generate more offense I'm still wondering, who is going to help the team play better defense?
I don't think our D-core, in zone play is bad at all. What I think was their Achilles heel was the lack of support from forwards and the inability to move the puck out of the zone after gaining possession.
In short, I think our biggest problem was turnovers and not being able to get the puck to our speedy wingers who were encouraged to get up the ice for the break