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Jake Gardiner | Defenseman

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/4/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 184
College: Wisconsin
Contract: view contract details

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Jake Gardiner was the last player off the ice Saturday morning and there is a very good chance he will be a healthy scratch against the Flyers.
His play according to Toronto coach Randy Carlyle has been "erratic". Not a ringing endorsement for sure. We would bench Gardiner as a precaution Saturday night and hope he gets a chance to play against Chicago Sunday night. Dec 20 - 12:02 PM

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Jake Gardiner was on the ice Saturday morning and will be a game-time decision against the Rangers Saturday night.

He left Thursday's game with a knee injury after blocking a shot, but seems to be OK as he skated without any difficulties in scrimmages Saturday morning. Check back with us later as to Gardiner's status.
Nov 8 - 12:04 PM

Jake Gardiner left Thursday's game in the first period due to a lower-body injury.

Coach Randy Carlyle said that Gardiner sustained a deep bone bruise. His night ended after just 2:55 of ice time. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Source: Toronto Sun
Nov 7 - 8:37 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs decided to dress seven defensemen against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.

Along with the usual suspects, Jake Gardiner, Stephane Robidas and Stuart Percy who have been healthy scratches at times, are also dressed for the Maple Leafs. Considering the limited use of Toronto's fourth line, seven defensemen seems fairly sensible.
Oct 25 - 7:08 PM

Jake Gardiner will suit up in Friday's game against Detroit.

He has been a healthy scratch for Toronto's past two games. Gardiner will replace Stephane Robidas in the lineup.
Oct 17 - 11:27 AM

Jake Gardiner isn't concerned that he could be a healthy scratch again on Tuesday night.

The Leafs decided to place him in the press box after dropping their first two games of the season and Cody Franson played instead in a 6-3 win over the Rangers. Coach Randy Carlyle may not want to change his lineup against Colorado. "It's understandable. It's how a lot of coaches think," Gardiner said Monday.
Oct 14 - 9:16 AM

Jake Gardiner served as a healthy scratch for Sunday's win over the New York Rangers.

"We had a round table (with the coaching staff) and we felt we wanted Franson back in the lineup," coach Randy Carlyle said. "Jake drew the short end of the stick." Cody Franson, who had a goal and an assist, returned after a knee injury and the Leafs decided to keep rookie Stuart Percy in the lineup.
Source: Toronto Sun
Oct 13 - 8:46 AM

Jake Gardiner will try to reward the Leafs in 2014-15 for having faith in him.

He inked a five-year, $20.5 million contract with Toronto in late July. "I am happy to be a Leaf for a really long time," Gardiner told the Toronto Star. "That was a big part of it, commitment. I thought having five years and the money was awesome. The security for me was good. It just shows the Leafs have a lot of faith in me." Gardiner has displayed flashes of his offensive abilities and puck-moving skills, but he still tends to have lapses defensively. He recorded 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year. The 24-year-old blueliners is primed for a larger role this campaign, so his numbers should get a boost.
Aug 18 - 6:49 PM

Jake Gardiner doesn't have any issues working under Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

"He is a coach that likes to push his players and get the most out of them," Gardiner said. "I think that was what he was doing with me. I have a lot more potential than what I've been doing. I think [his approach was] good for me. It will help me down the road." Gardiner had a difficult time establishing himself with the Maple Leafs and spent most of the 2013 shortened campaign in the minors despite recording 30 points in his previous season. Those days are over though as he's signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract.
Jul 31 - 12:08 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jake Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25 million contract.

In other words, Gardiner will come with a cap hit of a little over $4 million annually. That's not a bad deal for either side. The Maple Leafs are taking a bit of a risk, but Gardiner's just 24 years old and has the potential to be a top pairing defenseman with Toronto. He had 31 points and averaged 21:04 minutes per game in 2013-14.
Jul 29 - 6:26 PM

Jake Gardiner will probably end up with a bridge deal.

"Talks are ongoing," Leafs GM Dave Nonis said. "Things are going fine. I don’t see any hiccups there." The Leafs have a little more than $4 million in cap space left, based on CapGeek's numbers. That should be enough to get Gardiner under control. He had 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games in 2013-14.
Jul 27 - 10:56 AM

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

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

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3Peter Holland
4Mike Santorelli
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Daniel Winnik
3David Booth
4Trevor Smith
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Leo Komarov
5Richard Panik
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Jake Gardiner
3Cody Franson
4Morgan Rielly
5Stephane Robidas
6Roman Polak
7Korbinian Holzer
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer