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01-28-2013, 06:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Hurt View Post
Isn't he in the first year of a 3 or 4 year extension?

Maple Leafs sign defenceman John-Michael Liles to four-year extension

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 12:45 PM

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - He could've tested the free-agent waters this summer, but there was never a doubt in John-Michael Liles' mind where wanted to play hockey.

The 31-year-old defenceman signed a US$15.5-million, four-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Liles says he's pleased to be staying with the Leafs, who acquired him in a trade at the draft with the Colorado Avalanche.

Liles has four goals and 21 points in 34 games this season and is more than good with the notion he might've passed up a more lucrative deal as a free agent.

"Some guys choose to go the unrestricted route but it's a pretty special feeling when Burkie (Leafs GM Brian Burke) went out and traded for me and knowing that he wants me there for years to come," Liles said during a conference call. "As far as money goes, you could say that you leave some on the table. Maybe I did, maybe I didn't ... but I'm looking at it as I was negotiating a contract to stay in a place I wanted to be and play on a team I wanted to play on and live in a city I wanted to live in.

"It feels great. It's a place that's grown very dear to my heart, a place I was excited about getting traded to this summer.''

The five-foot-10, 185-pound American-born defenceman is in the final year of a contract he signed with Colorado that carries a cap hit of $4.2 million. Liles said his extension does contain a partial no-trade clause.

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