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SportsIs it time for the Maple Leafs to trade Jake Gardiner?

07:25  11 january  2019
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Leafs support Gardiner after fans boo him in loss to Avalanche

Leafs support Gardiner after fans boo him in loss to Avalanche Jake Gardiner's head coach and teammates had his back after he was booed in a defeat on home ice Monday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs blue-liner heard boos nearly every time he touched the puck in the third period of a 6-3 loss to the Avalanche, after forward Carl Soderberg overpowered him, stole the puck, and scored a shorthanded goal to give Colorado the lead late in the second frame. "That hasn't happened before, that's for sure," Gardiner told reporters postgame. "Not something you want to hear, but plays happen in the game, fans are passionate and they want to win.

At this point, the Toronto Maple Leafs trading away defenseman Jake Gardiner feels nothing but Gardiner has dealt with a lot during his tenure with the Leafs . Ever since being acquired from the From the “Free Gardiner ” era of 2013 to every time the fans demanded he be traded , it ’s never been

The Toronto Maple Leafs should not trade Jake Gardiner . He is way too valuable to the team to Last season, Gardiner was outstanding for the Maple Leafs . He had his best offensive season. So you’d have to figure that if Myers had the same amount of ice time as Gardiner last season, he’d

Is it time for the Maple Leafs to trade Jake Gardiner?© Rick Madonik Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and whether or not the organization will be able to afford him remains a topic of discussion.

Maybe it’s time for the Maple Leafs to trade Jake Gardiner.

And if Kasperi Kapanen has to go as well as the Leafs deal with a tighter salary cap, then it’s up to general manager Kyle Dubas to make it all fit for a playoff run now while looking to keep the core together for playoff runs to come.

But such talk may fly in the face of logic given Gardiner is an important part of the Maple Leafs, a team that finally can say it has Stanley Cup aspirations and is respected around the league.

There's more wrong with the Leafs than Jake Gardiner

There's more wrong with the Leafs than Jake Gardiner When I wrote last week that maybe it was time to trade Jake Gardiner, I wasn’t talking about this pile on of hate. Gardiner is a very good hockey player, who has a bad game occasionally, and makes mistakes. But when he is good, he is very, very good. And has he’s matured as an NHL player, he has been very, very good way more often. When I wrote the trade Gardiner story, many of you interpreted it as if it was Harold Ballard and the 1980s again: Disparage a player and be done with him. Quite the opposite. Gardiner’s skills will be highly sought after on July 1 when he becomes a restricted free agent.

Toronto Maple Leafs : Trade Jake Gardiner Yesterday. It ’s Time . Jake is a valuable trade chip that the Leafs could easily use to improve other parts of the roster, and possibly free up cap space. I bet the Leafs could reap a decent top 4 RHD for Gardiner , or at the very least, get a bunch of draft picks and

But for a Jake Gardiner trade to make sense, either we have to get so many future wins coming right up It should go without saying that you should take a trade that is an obvious win for the Leafs It ’s time to go for it . Keeping another season of Jake Gardiner , who will make beautiful plays and

But the defenceman’s future with the team is tenuous. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent July 1, able to command a salary in the $6-million to $7-million range, a price tag that would appear too high for the Leafs.

Because by the time Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews get news deals, most of the team’s pending $26 million in salary cap money will be gone, and there will be others to sign.

Logic would suggest keeping Gardiner — an ‘Own Rental’ is the term in the NHL these days — to keep the team intact and see how it fares in the playoffs.

The Leafs did a similar thing last season with James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak and Leo Komarov. They didn’t make it out of the first round, and all three left as unrestricted free agents in the summer, signing lucrative deals elsewhere.

Murphy knows what Gardiner is going through

Murphy knows what Gardiner is going through Murphy knows what Gardiner is going through

Still, the Maple Leafs had been impressed with Gardiner and they signed him to a five-year contract extension on July 29, 2014. Traded to Toronto by Anaheim with Joffrey Lupul and Anaheim's 4th round pick (later traded to San Jose -- San Jose selected Fredrik Bergvik) in 2013 NHL Draft for

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Now consider what the most valuable of those players — van Riemsdyk, the scorer — might have fetched at the trade deadline last year. San Jose gave up a first-rounder, a fourth-rounder and a prospect for Evander Kane, who was a pending UFA, like van Riemsdyk.

Ditto Paul Stastny, worth a first-round pick and other considerations to the Winnipeg Jets to acquire him from the St. Louis Blues.

The Leafs appear headed for another No. 2 vs. No. 3 showdown with the Boston Bruins in the Atlantic Division playoffs. If Toronto turns the tables on a team that has owned them recently, next up would be the No. 1 Tampa Bay Lightning.

So what are the Leafs’ chances of getting through to the Conference final? As they say, anything can happen. But if anything can happen with Gardiner, then anything can happen without him too.

In the long term, moving Gardiner would seem to be a positive. Presuming the Leafs get a first-round pick, that player will almost certainly be a contributor in a year or two. And for the first three seasons he’d be a cheap addition on an entry-level deal, something the Leafs will be starving for. Combined with their own first-round pick, the Leafs would be well-positioned to provide support players for Matthews and Marner.

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Report: Maple Leafs open to dealing their first-round pick for an impact defenseman In recent years, the Maple Leafs have been looking to build through the draft and have held on to their top pick. That may not be the case this season, however. In the latest TSN "Insider Trading," Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reported that general manager Kyle Dubas is open to moving his first-rounder between now and the trade deadline. TSN’s Bob McKenzie followed up on that report in an appearance on TSN 1050, noting that the Leafs' target would be an impact defenseman, and it’s likely that one of their young wingers in Kasperi Kapanen or Andreas Johnsson would be gone as a part of any deal as well.

2017/18 - Long time Maple Leaf line-mates Tyler Bozak and James van Riemsdyk sit down for an off the ice, one on one.. 2017/18 - Former roommate and friend Morgan Reilly sits down with Jake Gardiner for a touching heart to heart..

Jake William Gardiner (born July 4, 1990) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).

In the short-term, the here and now, moving Gardiner wouldn’t make much of a difference. Travis Dermott seems ready for more, and he’s going to get a bigger role next season anyway, so why not start now? Either Dermott or Nikita Zaitsev can take over the second power-play unit. If Martin Marincin and/or Justin Holl start getting minutes, or if Calle Rosen gets that long-awaited call up, the Leafs will probably not have surrendered much in the present to secure a more solid future.

And whatever might be lost defensively by trading Gardiner could be tempered by a Kapanen deal, because moving Gardiner would not preclude the Leafs from shoring up the right side of their defence, their biggest deficiency.

To get a good right-side player will cost them a young stud. Dubas has already promised William Nylander he won’t be traded, so it’s doubtful he’d go back on his word. At least not this quickly.

Kapanen is probably the most tradable, and his appearance on the team’s first power-play unit only adds to his resume. Kapanen appears destined for a third-line role, behind Marner and Nylander, making somewhere around $2.5 million a season.

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What if the Maple Leafs didn’t have Jake Gardiner? Jake Gardiner has been the focus of Leafs Nation this week since fans booed him on Monday night. The pending UFA may not be back with the team next season, so what would his absence mean for the team? Andrew Berkshire looks at the hole Gardiner would leave behind. The post What if the Maple Leafs didn’t have Jake Gardiner? appeared first on

Jake Gardiner is a lot of things, among them a defenceman for the Toronto Maple Leafs who drives me nuts sometimes. Like him but want him traded anyway because he only has a year left on a relatively affordable contract and even though it ’s difficult, you think it might make some sense in the

Jake Gardiner , Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman gets a ton of criticism. He really shouldn't. TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Jake Gardiner #51 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the Boston Bruins in Game Six of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Another team might see Kapanen as more valuable than that, perhaps even at the $4-million level. The compensation the Leafs would get on a $4-million offer sheet to Kapanen — also a restricted free agent July 1 — would only be a second-round pick, something Dubas would have to be aware of. If the GM is open to trading Kapanen before July 1, why not trade him now if Kapanen could net the Leafs a difference-maker on the blue line, one that can offer more on the top pairing with Morgan Rielly than Ron Hainsey does?

The Carolina Hurricanes could be a potential trade partner, as they boast a slew of right-handed defencemen. Brett Pesce’s name keeps coming up; his cap hit is $4.025 million a season until 2024 and he’s just 24.

Would the Edmonton Oilers bite? Kapanen’s speed and scoring ability would shine on Connor McDavid’s wing. And his ability to kill penalties and be a force in his own zone would be a match for coach Ken Hitchcock’s system. Could Kapanen for Adam Larsson ($4.167 million until 2021) be a potential deal? Larsson is 26.

And there are bigger fish to be caught: There’s Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues, currently out with an injury to his right hand. Though it’s hard to see how his $6.5-million hit next season would be a fit for the Leafs. But the 28-year-old would be a difference maker in the short-term. His price tag would be higher than Kapanen, maybe Timothy Liljegren or Rasmus Sandin as well.

No matter what Dubas chooses to do, there’s risk.

The safe route is to stay the course, maybe add a rental. But Dubas doesn’t want to be like previous GMs, and more likely will break with the tradition of how things had been done.

Kevin McGran is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @kevin_mcgran

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