John-Michael Liles sitting ‘like a pro’

He isn’t going to pout.

Or stomp his feet. Or whine to the media. Or demand a trade.

That is not John-Michael Liles‘ way.

A healthy scratch for the past four games, Liles admitted on Sunday that he is not happy being forced to watch games from the press box.

At the same time, Liles insists that he is the only one who can change his fate.

“I’m going to do whatever it takes to help this team win,” he said after the Leafs worked out at the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1923 Arena.

“And when I get the chance to get back in there, it’s up to me to show them that I belong in there.

“I’ve been around long enough to see this happen to other guys. I saw the way they helped their teammates while they were going through it. And I think I can help the younger guys too.

“It’s never easy not playing. But you have to deal with it like a pro.”

Liles has an annual salary cap hit of $3.875-million US through the 2015-16 season.