VIDEO: SportsNet HC Trade Tracker: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner

Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Toronto Maple Leafs should trade Jake Gardiner. The 23-year old Gardiner carries a $875,000 salary cap hit and will be a RFA at the end of the season.

John Shannon thinks the Leafs should keep Gardiner and allow him to play more of the style he wants to play. Can the Leafs play both Gardiner and Morgan Rielly, both similar players? It could be dangerous to move a player like him.

Should the Maple Leafs trade Gardiner? If so, what type of deal should they be looking to do?


  1. *

    January 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    Maybe. If you watch the Leafs regularly, you’d know how glaring his mistakes generally are – lots of defensive giveaways that turn into goals against. He could end up being a solid offensive defenseman – something of a lesser Kris Letang in my eyes. But he reeeeeally needs to cut down his turnovers.

    I think they should consider dealing him in the off-season, if the right trade comes up. Let him play the rest of this season out and see if he makes any improvements. With his defensive shortcomings, he’s still only -2. If you’re looking to deal someone, move Cody Franson.


    January 28, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Good commentary #1 . I am against trading Jake , unless the return is very high, and he does not warrant very high return at this stage of his career. If he minimizes his brain farts , he could become a real go-to guy . There just aren’t many guys in the whole league who can actually skate a puck out of the D zone , but Jakes wheels are elite. No one is untradeable, but you want to be judicious on this one . Franson ? Yep, if the deal fills a need.

  3. Michael

    January 28, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    It is time for the Maple leafs management to shine.
    The Maple leafs management blame the team, and the coaches, and the players, enough of that, if they want to blame someone they need to take a good look at the mirror — the answer is right there in front of them.
    Year after year for the last 40 years the Maple leafs management faced the same situations, trying to improve the team through trades. Anyone can argue that it is not that easy to make the trades, or to be more specific the trade that the Maple leafs management wants to make. The truth is that for many years hundreds of people involved, and hundreds of thousands of dollars spent the Toronto Maple leafs are no better. Anyone can use any excuses, still at the end of the day there is no contender.

    By the way, the Toronto Maple leafs assistant coaches need to be held responsible for not bringing the best out of the players. They know what needs to be done just get to it. If they don’t know what needs to be done, boy we are in trouble.

    The Rock

  4. Douglas

    January 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    The trade Mr. Nonis must be pondering is Jake Gardiner for Ryan O’reilly. Gardiner is an attractive trade prospect for Colorado to consider parting with O’reilly thus giving the Leafs an upgrade where they really need it, the center position. Given the friction that probably still exists in Colorado over the signing last year, O’reilly is a realistic target. (BTW all Leaf diehards, Getzlaf, Tavares, and Toews are not!)

    The Leafs have depth on the blue line, both in the NHL & with the Marlies, to consider parting with Gardiner. O’reilly along with Bozak, Kadri & Bolland would give the Leafs a very strong quartet of pivots and create matchup problems for the opposition. The salary cap may prevent a deadline deal from taking place, but I think the numbers could work with minor adjustments.

    If not O’reilly, then fair enough. I don’t think he’s the next Crosby, but then who can they realistically land?

  5. D

    January 28, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    if they want to blame someone? not bringing out the best of the players? if i’m looking at the standings correctly (before the tor/tb game started) the leafs are sitting in 4th in the conference, 3rd in the division. am i the only one here who thinks they’re over-achieving?

    i’ll agree the wins havent looked pretty, and at the end of the night they’ve been outshot by an average of 8.6 shots a game – worst in the league (, but at the end of the day a win is a win, and they have done that.

    give credit where credit is due (mostly to the goaltenders), management and the assistant coaches have done the best they can with what they have.

    as for gardiner, if im the leafs i wouldnt be shopping him at all. the only reason i would trade him is because the offer is too good to refuse. he’s making some bad mistakes, but once he learns and gets passed it he’ll be a force. eventually, i think morgan reilly could be a good mentor for him, help simplify his game a little

  6. Itstime

    January 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Nonis get rid of phaneuf he’s a coward and selfish won’t sacrafice too friggen slow. He’ll step into a little fella and wuss out to anyone with size in front of the net. Worst example of a leader that I’ve ever seen.
    Please don’t turn me into a Habs fan!

  7. josh

    January 29, 2014 at 7:08 am

    leafs defense is a joke.. they need to keep the puck out of there net.. they can score, they need to stop scoring.. signing Dion to that long of deal was awful.

  8. Wayne

    January 29, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Great comment (IT”STIME)..I agree The size and multitude of MLSE and we have a representative (our captain) Phaneuf plays the way he plays, forget the +/- Canada’s game here in the center of the universe and he is our stud…. our leader…..Money well spent there….
    Try this on for size..Trade Phaneuf and his dancing monkey buddy David Clarkson to the Rangers and get Callaghan over here that has a pair because those other two appear to be lacking effort on locating their own….

    Go Leafs Go

  9. DJ

    January 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I am a die hard fan, and this is a promising team, yes Clarkson hasn’t been the best fit so far and hopefully that changes, but giving up on him cant happen and wont happen, things will look up.

    However, would I trade Gardiner, No, unless yes depending on the return, I would dangle him to see what he can bring in a return but unless it was of equal quality I wouldn’t. Franson I would consider much more then Jake.

    The leafs should target, Keith Yandle, and also Ryan Callahan or Blake Wheeler via Trade.

    I would also consider looking at O’Reilly as a third option if the above two are not as reasonable. Lastly, a good move would be to possibly move Reimer to a team and achieve a 1st round selection and more, then bring in a good goalie (that would be cheap to acquire) to back up Bernier (make this trade via late draft picks and lower ranked prospects, and goalies that come to mind are Dubnyk, Thomas or Emery, all of which wouldn’t cost to much).

    So attempt to bring in Yandle, Callahan/Wheeler OR O’Reilly (whatever three is the fairest export for the import), and move out Reimer and bring in another goalie to back up Bernier.

    Players Id move are- Kulemin, D’amigo, Franson or Gardiner (depending on return), Reimer, draft picks.

  10. Drew

    January 29, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Look I’am a leaf fan…and would not consider trading Franson…I think a lot of you fan’s seem to forget how well Franson played and how much of an contributor he was in the playoffs against Boston? he’s got the most assists for D and has the most points as a D on the team.Beside that note Gardiner should NOT be traded for crappy old timers …O’reilly seems like it’d be a good trade but at the end of the day he’s only a third line center…we got Holland,Bozak,Kadri,Mccle,Bolland….we need a top center for sure…but Bozak has been filling that role pretty well…what about another Winger instead of Clarkson…must you guys forget…were getting NO SCORING on the third and fourth line at ALL….we need to improve on that Orr is a wash up…we need better lines there…there’s noting wrong with our top line…there will be noting wrong with our second when Bolland returns….

  11. Tom

    January 30, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Sure, let’s trade Gardiner for Crosby! Seriously the Leafs will not get a player in return that will make trading Jake a good deal. It’s widely accepted that defencemen take longer to peak and this kid is only 23. Add to that he only played 12 regular season games last year and this is only his second full year in the league. Gardiner is going to be an elite Dman IMO and he and Reilly will be the backbone of our blueline in a couple of years. We will never win a cup as long as Captain P is our best defenceman so lets give Jake the time to mature.

  12. Denis

    January 31, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Get rid of phaneuf he is a chicken shit only goes after smaller players gives the puck away all the time to slow should not be a captain should make gleisen the captain.