The Boston Bruins have resigned defenseman John-Michael Liles to a one-year deal. Per Hockey Night In Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman, the deal is worth an estimated $2 million contract.
Liles in BOS is one year, $2M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2016
Liles is a 5′-10″ 185-pound Indianapolis, Indiana native was acquired by the Bruins in this February’s National Hockey League trade deadline that sent prospect forward Anthony Camara, a 2016 third round pick, and a fifth round pick in 2017 to the Carolina Hurricanes to bolster up a struggling B’s defensive core. In 17 games with the B’s organization to finish the 2015-16 regular season, the 35 year-old veteran contributed only six assists.
In 800 career National Hockey League games, the mobile puck moving d-man has 87-278-365 numbers and will continue to be a valuable veteran presence to a Bruins defense that looks to get back to being one of the league’s top defensive organizations that’s had success in recent years. his 13 year NHL career had him making stops with the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, and now the Boston Bruins.
John-Michael Liles re-signs with Bruins on 1-year, $2 million deal, per @FriedgeHNIC
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) July 1, 2016
Liles had an up and down end to the 2015-16 season with the Bruins, as he struggled to find chemistry with his new teammates, and with strong workouts during this offseason and productive training camp, he could be a very valuable asset during the upcoming 2016-17 regular season. He’s a player that could work with Captain Zdeno Chara, and recently signed Torey Krug in the efforts to teach younger developing players such as a Colin Miller or 2015 second round draft choice Brandon Carlo.