Toronto Maple Leafs Extend John-Michael Liles

January 25th, 2012 2 Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have signed veteran defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four-year, $15.5 million contract.

The contract averages out to $3.875 million per season, which is a pay cut from his current salary which pays him $4.2 million this season.

At 31 years of age, Liles’ new contract looks to be on-point for his combination of veteran leadership and abilities. Through 34 games, Liles has four goals and 17 assists for a total of 21 points.

Over 557 career NHL games, Liles has scored 72 goals (including 35 power play markers), adding 224 assists for a total of 296 points.

Originally drafted in the fifth round (159th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Liles was acquired via trade from the Colorado Avalanche over the summer for the nominal price of a second round draft choice in 2012. Liles has helped bolster the Maple Leafs power play, while bringing a steadying presence on the blueline.

As long as Liles can stay healthy, it would appear as if both sides made a great deal. Great work Mr. Burke!

Until next time,

Peace!

2 Comments

  1. Dave says:

    This guy is a real heart and soul type player. In fact, I believe hes the uncrowned captain of this team – and a real leader in the buds room. He was shown the way by Foote and I bet he’ll pass on those lessons to our young d core including one Dion Phaneuf. This is a truly underrated guy and a great signing!!!

  2. Mark Ritter says:

    I agree Dave. Liles doesn’t need the “C” to be a leader. His presence has been huge this season, and likely for many to come. Good value in the contract for both sides, as long as concussions do not play havoc with his career.

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