SUNRISE, Fla. --
The Toronto Maple Leafs
placed defenseman John-Michael Liles
on IR Tuesday as he continues to experience concussion-like symptoms.
Liles was injured on Dec. 22 when he took a hit from Buffalo wing Paul Gaustad
during the Leafs’ 3-2 victory.
"We're shutting him down for a few days," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said after the team's morning skate. "He was better today, but not ready to go. If we run into a crisis, we've got to have another defenseman available in case of illness or another injury."
Liles joined five other Toronto players, including defenseman Mike Komisarek
, on the injured list. The others are forwards Colby Armstrong
, Mike Brown
, Philippe Dupuis
and Matthew Lombardi
"We just wanted to make sure," Wilson said. "You don’t want to over-diagnose somebody. You have to give it a couple of days and right now it's best that he just sits out and stays away from the rink for a couple of days. As simple as that."
Liles had appeared in the Leafs' first 34 games before being injured. He is tied with fellow defenseman Dion Phaneuf
for fourth on the team in scoring with 21 points (4 goals, 17 assists) and is second in ice time behind Phaneuf with an average of 21:32.
"Injuries are part of the game," said Phaneuf, the Leafs' captain. "We're confident with the group that we have. He's definitely a big piece of our back end, but when guys get injured, other guys have to step up and I think we're definitely ready to do that. We did that last game and we're going to have to do it again."