John-Michael Liles is coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which he logged five helpers in 36 regular-season games for the Bruins. Early in his career, the 5-foot-10, 185-pounder put up fantasy-worthy numbers, but at this stage, his value in that regard is quite low. That said, given the right situation, the 36-year-old can still provide valuable blue-line depth and experience in his new landing spot.
GM Don Sweeney confirmed that Liles is not in the Bruins' plans for the coming season, CSN New England reports. The veteran blueliner will thus look to catch on with another team once free agency opens this weekend. Liles is coming off a 2016-17 campaign in which he logged five helpers in 36 regular-season games for the Bruins. At this stage of his career, Liles' fantasy value is modest, but the 36-year-old can still provide valuable blue-line depth and experience wherever he lands.
Liles collected two assists during Monday's Game 3 loss to Ottawa. Boston scored three second-period goals, and Liles assisted on the first two. He was a regular in the press box throughout the season and played just 12:24 during Game 3, so don't let this offensive outburst fool you. Liles could return to being a healthy scratch in short order if the Boston blue line gets someone back from injury for Game 4.
Liles was a healthy scratch for the eighth consecutive game Wednesday against Calgary. The veteran has suited up for just two of the past 20 contests and totaled only five assists through 31 games this season. Liles is completely off the fantasy grid at this stage of the game, and unless he draws into the lineup consistently and carves out a decent role, his virtual status is unlikely to change this year.
Liles was a healthy scratch for Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Lightning. With the Bruins' top blueliners healthy at the moment, Liles and Joe Morrow are currently the odd men out on that front. Liles is presumably the next man up, however, the next time injuries hit. Through 29 games this season, the 36-year-old rearguard has logged five assists.
Liles (concussion) will draw into Sunday's lineup against the Hurricanes, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports. Liles return will provide the Bruins with a bit of a boost along the blue line, but his five assists in 22 contests don't make him a huge fantasy asset. His return removes Colin Miller out of the lineup Sunday and he will pair with Kevin Miller.
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