The 35-year-old blueliner was likely acquired by the Bruins after talks with Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis amounted to nothing.
Liles has 15 points in 64 games with the Hurricanes this season and was a target for trade deadline shenanigans. He’s in the last year of a four-year contract worth an annual cap hit of $3.875 million, which means he comes at a price for the Bruins.
The Indianapolis-born defenceman was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in 2000. He went in the fifth round.
In 783 regular season games for the Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche, Liles has 359 points – including 87 goals. He played his best hockey with the Avalanche, putting up 49 points in the 2005-2006 season and cracking double-digits in goals four times.
But after he was traded to Toronto, his play fell off and he had trouble recovering his game. Injuries, including a recurring shoulder problem in 2009-2010, created problems and Liles hasn’t been the same since.
That said, he still possesses good offensive instincts and is a solid veteran presence for the Bruins. He can quarterback the power play and moves the puck well, even if he doesn’t always match the level of toughness required for the game. He’s also prone to doing too much in the defensive zone, but the Bruins’ system may help cover for some of his mistakes.
More to come…