As you’d expect in the hockey-crazy market of Toronto, the Leafs are never too far away from trade speculation. As such, the recent rumours surrounding Jake Gardiner come as little surprise.
According to various reports, the Avalanche and Flames have recently expressed interest in Gardiner. This news comes after the Flyers previously held talks with the Leafs about the 23-year old defenceman.
Despite Gardiner’s form being inconsistent at times this season, his talent is unquestioned. However, the Leafs may be forced to move him purely from a salary cap perspective, as he will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.
Regardless of the financial implications, trading away the former 17th overall draft pick would be a risky proposition. Gardiner proved himself during last season’s playoff series with the Bruins, scoring 5 points (1 goal & 4 assists) in six games.
The Flames apparently have the inside track on any potential deal. If Gardiner is to be moved, expect the situation to be resolved sometime within the next week.
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