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Jake Gardiner | Defenseman

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 184
College: Wisconsin
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The Leafs will have a new-look top pairing on defense, and it could include Jake Gardiner.
With Carl Gunnarsson now gone, there is an opening on the first defensive pair with Dion Phaneuf. Gardiner is likely to get the first crack at that job. Morgan Rielly is also set for an expanded role next season as well. "Those guys are going to have to take steps forward," general manager Dave Nonis said. "It might be a lot to ask for Morgan a little bit in his second year, but he made some pretty big strides last year and we would expect that he'll take some more next [year]. And I think Jake is a good possibility [of doing the same] as well." Jun 28 - 5:35 PM

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The Maple Leafs are discussing what is believed to be a two-year bridge contract with defenseman Jake Gardiner.

That deal is reportedly worth around $2.25 million or $3 million per season. Gardiner just completed his entry-level contract. He generated a career high 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year.
Jun 24 - 4:18 PM

Leafs GM Dave Nonis admitted that using Jake Gardiner as a forward has come up in discussions before, but it doesn't appear to be something that will happen.

"He was a forward, he started as a forward. He played more of his formative years as a forward," Nonis said. "There's been some talk of it, but I think he gives us an element at the back end that would be hard to replace. He can skate the puck out, pretty good on the power play. So I think right now, we would keep him back there, but ..." Gardiner's name has come up in trade rumors again this off-season, but if he stays in Toronto then it's hard to imagine that he won't be a defenseman again in 2014-15.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 19 - 11:29 AM

Former assistant coach Scott Gordon took exception to comments that Randy Carlyle doesn't get along with Jake Gardiner.

"There's this perception that Randy doesn't like Jake Gardiner, and it's comical," Gordon said. "I can't tell you how many times that Randy has said that the thought of trading Jake can't even be discussed until he's played 300 games [in the NHL]. He personally thinks it takes 300 games for a defenseman to get to the point where you can make a decision on them." He has 167 NHL games under his belt and he's contributed 65 points. Gardiner's name has surfaced in trade rumors again this off-season.
May 13 - 6:29 PM

Jake Gardiner will play for Team USA at the World Hockey Championships next month in Minsk, Belarus.

Gardiner notched new personal bests in 2013-14 with 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games.
Apr 16 - 8:29 AM

Jake Gardiner assisted on both of Toronto's goals in a 4-2 loss to Florida Thursday.

He established a new personal best with 31 points as a result of the two-point effort. Gardiner has finished the season on a positive note. He has produced five goals and nine assists in his past 17 outings.
Apr 11 - 8:48 AM

Jake Gardiner recorded two assists in Toronto's 4-2 loss on Saturday.

Gardiner has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven contests. That gives him 10 goals and 28 points in 74 games in 2013-14.
Mar 30 - 11:08 AM

Jake Gardiner contributed a pair of assists in Tuesday's game versus St. Louis.

He helped set up Joffrey Lupul's power-play goal in the first and James van Riemsdyk's goal late in the third. The mobile rearguard has five goals and three helpers in his last 10 outings.
Mar 26 - 8:29 AM

Jake Gardiner potted his 10th goal of the season in Wednesday's loss to Tampa Bay.

He has been jumping into the rush often lately and has recorded five goals in his last seven games as a result. The mobile defenseman has 22 points in 69 matches this season, but his recent hot streak could make him a decent pickup down the stretch.
Mar 20 - 11:37 AM

Defenseman Jake Gardiner registered his ninth goal of the season in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to Detroit.

Gardiner's power play marker came on a beautiful offensive fort after he picked up Morgan Rielly's long dump-in and deked Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard. James van Riemsdyk also contributed by netting his 27th goal in the defeat.
Mar 18 - 11:31 PM

Defenseman Jake Gardiner scored two goals in Toronto's 6-2 loss to San Jose Tuesday night.

His second goal was his first ever shorthanded goal in the NHL. He now has eight goals and 12 assists in 65 games this season. Mason Raymond assisted both of Gardiner's goals.
Mar 12 - 4:02 AM

Jake Gardiner found the back of the net in Toronto's 4-3 overtime win against Philadelphia.

Gardiner broke out with a 30-point rookie campaign in 2011-12, but he hasn't been able to come close to replicating that level of offensive success since. He snapped a 12-game scoring drought, giving him 18 points in 63 contests this season.
Mar 9 - 11:41 AM

Jake Gardiner potted a power-play goal in Tuesday's win over Boston.

He skated on the top unit in the contest, which could give his fantasy value a boost if he remains in that role. Gardiner has contributed just 14 points in 46 games this season, but he still possesses plenty of offensive potential.
Jan 15 - 9:01 AM

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle was unusually effusive about defenseman Jake Gardiner's play when asked on Sunday.

Carlyle told TSN's Jonas Siegel that Gardiner's Saturday performance was "probably the model in which we’d like him to play to." The 23-year-old has 13 points, 10 PIM, 67 SOG and a -2 rating in 44 games played. He's also averaged 21:36 TOI per contest.
Jan 12 - 2:00 PM

Jake Gardiner played a strong game Friday night against the Capitals.

He was a healthy scratch Wednesday night and responded very well from sitting a game in the press box. Playing alongside rooke rearguard Morgan Rielly, Gardiner had one of his best games of the season according to coach Randy Carlyle. "He skated the puck, he didn't turn it over. We know he has NHL-level skills," Carlyle said. Gardiner was rewarded with 19:33 of ice time including just over four minutes on the power play. Perhaps Gardiner is ready to turn the corner. Watch him.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 11 - 12:06 PM

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C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Petri Kontiola
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Matt Frattin
3Frazer McLaren
4Jerred Smithson
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Colton Orr
6Troy Bodie
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Jake Gardiner
3Cody Franson
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Petter Granberg
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer