It looks like Jake Gardiner is as good as gone

The Maple Leafs have had a few days to think about their disappointing Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins that ultimately resulted in the team losing in the first round for the third consecutive year. Today, they cleaned out their lockers and faced questions from the media.

A key player to watch today was Jake Gardiner, who very likely played his final game as a Maple Leaf on Tuesday. Gardiner will be eligible to hit the open market as a free agent for the first time in his career come July 1 as the five-year, $20,250,000 deal he signed back in 2014 is set to come to an end.
The Minnesota native will turn 29 years old in July, and, as I said, will be able to test free agency for the first time in his career. Originally drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the 2008 draft, Gardiner was acquired in a trade involving Joffrey Lupul and Francois Beauchemin back in 2011.
Gardiner has played his entire eight-season, 551-game career in Toronto. He ranked ninth all-time in franchise history for points among defensemen (245) and 27th among Maple Leafs all-time in games played. He’s seen a lot with this franchise, arriving during …

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Author: Cam Lewis / The Leafs Nation

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