TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs are trimming their roster in anticipation for the start of the regular season. Head Coach Randy Carlyle told the media last night that the NHL requires all rosters to be trimmed down by early afternoon on Tuesday.
Leafs began as they traded center Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames on Saturday night for a fourth-round pick next year. It is believed that former Leaf GM Brian Burke was behind this one, now working for the Calgary Flames.
The trade was announced shortly after their 3-1 victory over the Red Wings.
The 23-year-old Colborne, a first-round pick in 2008, had a goal and five assists in 16 career games for the Maple Leafs.
Last season, he had 14 goals and 28 assists in 65 games for the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.
Colborne is a product of the NCAA’s University of Denver.
Anyone who has been following the Toronto NHL club knows well that the Leafs were not done there.
Due to a very crowded blue line, they were forced to place defenseman John-Michael Liles on waivers. The departure seemed inevitable especially following the signing of Cody Franson after a long contract dispute which ended early last week. That gives them Dion Phaneuf, Carl Gunnarsson, Franson, Jake Gardiner, Mark Fraser, Paul Ranger and Morgan Reilly is still up there too.
If Liles is not claimed by another NHL team, he could be assigned to the AHL’s Marlies.
The 32-year-old has a $3.875 million salary-cap hit. If he’s sent to the minors, $925,000 of that would come off the Leafs’ cap under the new collective bargaining agreement.
In addition to Liles, the Leafs put forwards Trevor Smith and Troy Bodie, defenseman T.J. Brennan and Korbinian Holzer, and goaltender Drew MacIntyre on waivers with the intention of sending them to the AHL.
Those moves make it likely that 19-year-old defenseman Morgan Rielly will be on the team to start the regular season.
Eight players sent down to the farm team (Marlies AHL). Jerry D’ Amigo, Spencer Abbott, Greg Mckegg, Josh Leivo, David Broll, and Jamie Devane. Defencemen Stuart Percy and Andrew MacWilliam too.@Game7overtime.