Toronto Maple Leafs Extend John-Michael Liles
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,