GM Penney knew John-Michael Liles was playing well in the NHL but he didn't realize he was leading all dmen in points. Liles is having a SOLID year and is a player we feel can contribute next year (if he lasts that long). Coming to Columbus with Liles is young dman Jason Garrison and Phillipe Dupuis, both are playing in the NHL.
"We think Martin and Liles are both valuable assets to any team but we feel Liles has more to offer next season. We take a small hit on the back end right now but with the way this team has been performing, maybe a small trade like this is what it will take to get things going" said Penney.
"We also like the fact that we save $1mill in the deal as we look toward next year. With out big players like the Sedin sisters needing raises we will have to find a way to make this all work under the cap."