Liles has two goals and nine assists in 32 games for Toronto, but he struggled with consistency and fell out of favor with Carlyle, who could cut his playing time this season.
Mark Fraser could join Liles on the final pairing, with T.J. Brennan, Paul Ranger and Korbinian Holzer providing depth. Morgan Rielly, the fifth overall selection in the 2012 draft, also has a chance at sticking with the big club in 2013-14.
GOALTENDING - Although James Reimer turned in what was easily his best season as an NHLer in 2013, Nonis couldn't pass up on trading for Bernier, who gives the club another promising young goaltender.
Reimer, 25, was one of the biggest reasons Toronto ended its postseason drought in 2013. Although he missed some time with a knee injury, Reimer went 19-8-5 with a 2.46 goals against average and .924 save percentage last season and also managed to record four shutouts.
Although he sported a 2.87 GAA in the playoffs, Reimer also carried a solid .923 save percentage through the first seven postseason games of his career.
Bernier, meanwhile, was never able to supplant Jonathan Quick as the No. 1 guy in Los Angeles, but the 25-year-old does come with a high pedigree, having been selected by the Kings in the first round (11th overall) of the 2006 draft.
His numbers in L.A. were impressive, as Bernier went 29-20-6 with a 2.36 GAA in his career with the Kings. Last season, he saw action in 14 contests and went 9-3-1 with a 1.87 GAA and .922 save percentage.
Although Reimer may have a slight edge in the race for the No. 1 job, it seems like both players have a chance to earn the regular starting role this season.
WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE - The Leafs earned some respect with their push to the postseason in 2013, but there is still a long way to go before Toronto can be taken seriously as a Stanley Cup contender. Although Nonis deserves credit for trying to build off last season's success with a busy offseason, there is no guarantee his moves will actually improve the on-ice product. Expect Toronto to be in the mix for a playoff spot, but there's a strong chance this team could take a step back over the course of a full 82-game season in 2013-14.