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Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:48 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 2:00 pm
Liles averages 21:32 of ice time this season. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

The Toronto Maple Leafs went out and acquired John-Michael Liles from the Colorado Avalanche last summer in an attempt to further bolster their blue line. So it makes sense that a half a season later they are signing him to a four-year contract extension.

Yes, the Leafs locked in Liles until he's 35 years old with a new deal just as the NHL hits the All-Star break. His current contract, which runs out after this season, has him making $4.2 million per season. His new contract will pay an average salary of $3.875 million according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

"Not gonna's been a pretty good day," Liles tweeted while wishing his All-Star teammates the best this weekend in Ottawa.

Liles taking a deal that pays him less than what he's currently making is interesting. To me it shows how much players can value the security of a long-term deal, in this case four more years of remaining in Toronto.

Interestingly, Liles has been out of the lineup since a Dec. 22 game against the Buffalo Sabres. Like so many other players in the NHL these days, post-concussion symptoms have kept him off the ice.

But before the setback, Liles was giving the Leafs solid production on the back end with four goals and 17 assists in 34 games.

With Liles locked in for a few more years, it gives the Maple Leafs a little bit of a logjam at defense -- although not a terribly big one. But it could possibly make one of the defensemen expendable if GM Brian Burke wants to execute one of his patented trades.

Do you like the deal for Liles?

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Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 5:13 pm

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

Thrilled that JML is no longer with the Avs.   I don't wish him any bad luck, but our defense has been much better since his departure.   Every time I thought he was turning the corner and playing at a high level, he would have a five game stretch where he was horrendous and revert to his underacheiving ways.
Lots of talent without much payoff...there is a reason we were willing to part with a talented player.

Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:14 am

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

Too often hockey fans are quick to criticize players because they don't live up to the expectation of their contract.  Leaf fans will remember the mis-used Larry Murphy and the over-hyped Bryan Mcabe, both who got run out of town as they didn't perform acts of God while collecting his salary.  This won't be the case with Liles, who has just signed a very nice, very reasonable (in today's market) contract.  Good deal for the Leafs, but also good for Liles who shouldn't ever have to hear the wrath of the contract-overhype that so many players get.  This should allow him to concentrate more on hockey and not on the media criticisms that distract many others.

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:14 pm
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Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:13 pm

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

The Avalanche needed to bolster their D line and yet traded Jean-Michael Liles to the Maple Leafs.  Sad thing is they still havent figured out that they need to shore up their D line if they want to make the playoffs.  They went out and got 2 goalies in Seymon Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere but they didnt bother to think about getting guys to stop pucks from going to the goalie.

The Reason the Red Wings are soo good year after year is they spend 2/3 of the game in the offensive zone and when they are in the defensive zone they dont let a lot of shots get through to Jimmie Howard.  The ones that make it through arent tough to stop. 

Colorado doesnt have an offense that will spend 2/3 of the game in the opponents zone so that leaves a defense that stops shots from getting to the goalie which they arent letting happen.

Love the move by the Leafs though.  I like J.M. Liles because he is a Michigan State product and I am a big Leafs fan. 

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: January 25, 2012 4:01 pm

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

Toronto Maple Leafs give John-Micheal Liles a four-year extension and his new contract will pay him an average salary of $3.875 million and his current contract which runs out after this season has him making $4.2 million per season.And i think the Maple Leafs mad a great offer.

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:59 pm

Maple Leafs give Liles four-year extension

Great signing i think. I am assuming they know he is going to be 100% back on his game and playing for the buds very soon then!!

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:40 pm

Maple Leafs giving Liles four-year extension

Liles is not known for his defensive play and is very underrated in that respect.  He will be a great mentor to Jake Gardiner, being able to teach him how to prepare like a pro, both have great ability to push the puck up ice and Liles has the savvy to take care of things in his own zone.  Hopefully a little of that poise will rub off on Gardiner and help him develop quicker than anticipated.

The more defensive talent the better, and the more ability Burke will have to flip his long list of defenders for a much needed top 3 - 6 forward or goaltender.

Bernier or Quick perhaps.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:33 pm

Maple Leafs giving Liles four-year extension

I like the deal. Reasonable cap hit for a pretty consistent, good d man.

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