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June 30, 2017 07:56 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Won't be re-signed
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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.

April 18, 2017 12:28 AM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Chips in rare offense in Game 3
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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.

March 15, 2017 11:36 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Watches from press box
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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.

February 1, 2017 10:55 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Healthy scratch Tuesday
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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 of the lineup. 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.

January 8, 2017 04:55 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: In Sunday's lineup
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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.

January 8, 2017 04:15 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Could play as soon as Sunday
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Liles (concussion) could return to action as soon as Sunday's game against the Hurricanes.

Per coach Claude Julien, a decision on that front will be made after warmups Sunday, though with just five helpers over 22 games to date, Liles -- who the Bruins acquired from Carolina last February -- is off the fantasy radar in most formats.

January 6, 2017 12:55 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Inches toward return
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Coach Claude Julien suggested that Liles (concussion) is inching toward a return to action. "I think he feels good enough that we'll probably have to make a decision on him sometime soon," Julien noted Friday.

Liles, who suffered what the Boston Herald describes as a severe concussion back on Nov. 27, could add some veteran depth and leadership to the Bruins' blue line once he's available, but the 36-year-old hasn't been much of a fantasy factor this season, having logged five helpers over 22 games.

December 28, 2016 03:15 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Making progress
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Liles (concussion) practiced Wednesday.

Liles -- who remains listed on IR -- worked on the Bruins' spare blueliner pairing with Joe Morrow on Wednesday, suggesting that the team is easing the veteran back into the mix and that his return is not yet imminent. Liles suffered what the Boston Herald describes as a severe concussion back on Nov. 27.

December 3, 2016 05:42 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Moved to IR
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Liles (concussion) is showing on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

For obvious reasons, the B's need to protect Liles' head. With towering defenseman Zdeno Chara (lower body) also injured, it might be in the best interest of the Bruins to summon a rearguard from the minors -- currently, the team only has six healthy skaters available on the back line.

November 29, 2016 09:46 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Receives concussion diagnosis Tuesday
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Liles is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in Sunday's game against the Lightning.

Liles' concussion occurred when he crashed into the end boards during Sunday's tilt. The blueliner did not travel with the team for Tuesday's game, presumably to receive treatment. It's unclear at this point how long the 36-year-old will be sidelined. With Zdeno Chara ailing as well, the Bruins will likely look to Kevan Miller and Brandon Carlo to assume more playing time on the defensive end.

November 29, 2016 04:44 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Sidelined Tuesday
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Liles (upper body) was not on the ice for the Bruins' morning skate in advance of Tuesday's game against the Flyers.

Per the Boston Herald, Liles -- who left Sunday's game against the Lightning after crashing into the end boards -- did not travel with the team to Philadelphia for Tuesday's game. With both Liles and Zdeno Chara ailing, Joe Morrow and Colin Miller are on track to be in the lineup Tuesday.

November 28, 2016 05:46 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Iffy for Tuesday's game
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The Bruins did not provide an update Monday on the status of Liles (upper body), who left Sunday's game against the Lightning after crashing into the boards.

Liles is thus iffy for Tuesday's game against the Flyers, and with Zdeno Chara also ailing, the Bruins may be forced to call up up a blueliner from AHL Providence in short order.

November 27, 2016 02:50 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Leaves Sunday's game
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Liles (upper body) left Sunday's game in the first period.

The veteran defenseman hasn't done much this season, averaging 16:55 minutes per game with five points in 21 games. The severity of his injury is enough to pull him from the game, but it's currently unclear what it means for Boston's upcoming games.

November 25, 2016 11:34 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Chips in assist during loss to Calgary
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Liles collected an assist on Boston's only goal during Friday's loss to Calgary.

Entering Friday's contest, Liles was averaging just 16:46 of ice time per night, and the assist was only his fifth point of the season. The 35-year-old defenseman doesn't move the fantasy needle enough for ownership in any seasonal leagues.

October 14, 2016 10:45 AM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Logs 22:13 worth of ice time in opener
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Liles saw 22:13 worth of ice time in Thursday's 6-3 win over Columbus.

Liles also saw 1:07 worth of power play time in the game, though at this stage of his career, the 35-year-old blueliner -- who recorded 21 points in 81 games last season -- is less of a threat on offense than he was earlier in his career. That said, Liles provides the B's blue line with valuable experience, mobility and prowess in the transition game.

July 1, 2016 11:50 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Rejoins Boston
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Liles signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Bruins on Friday, Sportsnet reports.

Liles finished up the 2015-16 season in Boston after being traded in February from Carolina. The 35-year-old is lauded for his work ethic and figures to keep providing depth on the blue line after averaging 19:19 of ice time over 17 appearances for the Bruins. However, fantasy owners can only do so much with players that bring "the intangibles," and Liles is no exception.

April 11, 2016 09:37 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Unrestricted free agency on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Liles completed the 2015-16 season with six goals and 21 points over 81 games between stints with Carolina and Boston.

The 35-year-old blueliner is thus set to become a free agent this offseason, though Liles suggested Monday that he'd be open to a return to Boston. For the right price, Liles' experience and mobility could certainly be assets to the Bruins' back end in 2016-17.

April 2, 2016 11:27 AM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Returns to mix Friday
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Liles recorded two assists in 26:12 worth of ice time in Friday's 6-5 win over the Blues.

After missing two games with a lower body injury, Liles was a welcome addition to the B's back line, with fellow blueliner Dennis Seidenberg sidelined, and Kevan Miller subsequently exiting Friday's contest with an injury. In 13 games in a Boston uniform to date, Liles has recorded four assists and a minus-3 rating, not eye-popping numbers, but down the stretch run, his mobility and ability in the transition game will nonetheless be assets to the Bruins.

April 1, 2016 11:35 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Set to play Friday
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Liles (lower body) will draw into Friday's lineup against the Blues.

Considered a game-time call entering the night, Liles should be deployed as normal after missing two games due to the issue. While the 35-year-old isn't among the elite offensive blueliners, he does own two points in 12 games since joining the Bruins and can be a sneaky daily option as a factor on the team's man advantage. However, he hasn't tallied a point in any of the last eight games, and faces a tough matchup again Friday against one of the league's hottest netminders in Brian Elliott.

March 31, 2016 05:27 PM
Bruins' John-Michael Liles: Could play Friday
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Liles (lower body) practiced again Thursday.

Liles worked on a pairing with Zdeno Chara for most of Thursday's practice, suggesting that he has a decent shot to return to action Friday against the Blues. Since coming over from the Hurricanes in an NHL trade deadline deal, the mobile Liles has recorded two helpers in 12 games for the B's.