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SportJake Gardiner injury update: Maple Leafs defenseman (back) considered 'week-to-week'

00:30  28 february  2019
00:30  28 february  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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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).

Jake Gardiner Bio. The Anaheim Ducks seemed to have set themselves up with offensive defensemen Anaheim drafted Gardiner right out of high school, but he chose to play at Wisconsin, where Still, the Maple Leafs had been impressed with Gardiner and they signed him to a five-year

Jake Gardiner injury update: Maple Leafs defenseman (back) considered 'week-to-week' © Provided by Perform Media Channels Limited

The Maple Leafs have downgraded defenseman Jake Gardiner from day-to-day to "week-to-week" as he deals with back spasms.

Gardiner missed two games with back spasms last month, so this is an ongoing issue.

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock announced earlier Wednesday Gardiner would not play against the Oilers that night, telling SportsNet, "I'll let someone else make the announcement on him."

The high-scoring defenseman has 29 points (two goals) in 60 games, and leads the Maple Leafs in Even Strength Goals Above Replacement this season. However, he had been the subject of trade rumors leading up to the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline.

Last month, Maple Leafs fans booed Gardiner every time he touched the puck late in a loss to the Avalanche.

"We've got to be careful who we're booing," Babcock said afterward. "The reality is Gardiner's a 50-point D-man, he's a real player. We need him."

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Erik Gudbranson was brought in at the trade deadline to inject some physicality into the Penguins' game. He showed why in Pittsburgh's matchup the Capitals on Tuesday. The veteran defenseman took down Washington winger Tom Wilson in the third period after the big man went after Penguins LW Jake Guentzel. Who doesn’t love #Penguins #Capital. Erik Gudbrandson getting to know the rivalry and Tom Wilson. pic.twitter.com/clqXIwsixF— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) March 13, 2019 This, however, was part of a bigger scrum. It started when Wilson and Alex Ovechkin got into a collision with Penguins defenders near the net.

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