After enduring deadline after deadline of rumors that he'd be traded, Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles was shipped to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday, per TSN. In return, the Avs will get Toronto's 2nd round pick in 2012 - NOT this year's.
What does this surprising move mean? I'd say you could put money down on the fact that Colorado will draft Adam Larsson with the 2nd overall pick. Sending Liles to Toronto clears up room on a defensive corps that was getting crowded with Johnson, Quincey, Wilson, O'Byrne, Cumiskey and Holos. Stefan Elliott and Tyson Barrie are also expected to compete for jobs this fall. There just weren't enough spots, and Liles is closer to the end of his career than the beginning.
That being said, JML was a fan favorite, and will be missed. Best of luck.