Leafs Re-sign Liles.

Liles to remain a Leaf.

TSN reports the Toronto Maple Leafs will announc the re-signing of defenseman John-Michael Liles to a four year contract extension. More to follow.

**UPDATE**The financial terms are $15.5 million, or an average cap hit of $3.875 million per season. Liles has agreed to accept less money but a longer term deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a good, affordable move by the Leafs, though one hopes Liles won’t suffer any significant lingering after-effects from his recent concussion. He’s an experienced puck-moving defenseman who in recent years has also improved his defensive play. Question now is, does this signing portend another Leafs blueliner being dealt? Stay tuned…

7 Comments

  1. Longer term than I would have thought, ut a good cap hit for a puck mover.

  2. Lyle,

    Any chance you think this is a sign and trade (with certain teams only specified by JML)?

  3. $3.875 per year is a bargain for a 40+ point per year dman who is still in his prime and who can be a good mentor for Jake Gardiner, Jesse Blacker and Stu Percy. Liles looks like a completely different player than he was in his early years in Colorado, he has become much more defensively reliable.

  4. Better than Kaberle for a cheaper price!

  5. The only way this makes sense is if the Leafs have some deals lined up. It does make me nervous though with Franson, Aulie, Grabo, Kulemin, and Gustavsson needing contracts. I think maybe with their play this year we might convince Grabo/Kulemin to a one year at the same numbers but Aulie/Franson both require raises. Aulie not a big one, but Franson should command at least $8,000,000/4y at $2,000,000 a pop.

    Or maybe we found a taker for Komisarek or maybe Armstrong, Lombardi, or Connolly are being moved in a package deal. I dunno, but this smells deal is coming for the Leafs.

  6. Doesn’t seem suspicious at all JJB. This is a great signing, and actually a reduction from the 4.2mil he was making. This actually helps their cap rather than hurt it.