Gardiner no fan of rumours

Like the rest of his teammates, rookie defenceman Jake Gardiner has heard his name associated with potential trade talk, quite a compliment for a player who a year ago was playing NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin. Not that he wants to go anywhere, but you can be sure any rival general manager that Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke talks to as the trade deadline approaches has Gardiner on his wish list.

“Any time your name comes up in a rumour, you don’t like it,” Gardiner said Monday following practice at the MasterCard Centre. “Everything is a rumour. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not.”

Gardiner already has been traded once — albeit while still in college — when he was sent here last year along with Joffrey Lupul in the deal that shipped defenceman Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim.

One of the other Leafs players most often mentioned in trade talks, fellow defenceman Luke Schenn, seems to be handling the hype well.

“It’s talked about every day and asked about every day, it’s part of playing in Toronto,” Schenn said. “It’s my fourth deadline right now and every one gets more hyped. I think it’s bigger in Canada than Canada Day is. It’s like an annual holiday now.”

55 Responses to Gardiner no fan of rumours

  1. TimTheBone says:

    that trade for wiz wouldn't really be in their best interest…. I'm thinking a trade down a couple spots would be the best course of action….

    In my perfect world…. Habs fall to the 3rd overall pick no lower than 4th…
    Edmonton holds at second overall…. Habs trade up from 3rd or 4th…

    To EDM: Jarred Tinordi, 3rd/4th overall (Murray/Forsberg)

    To MTL: 2nd overall (Grigorenko)

    Hell I would even be FINE with something like this…

    Weber, Diaz, Tinordi, 3rd/4th overall…for….. 2nd overall

    Tinordi is a strong prospect, projected to be a top pairing shut down defense…. most likely top 4 though….. weber is a decent defenseman who is extremely versatile and has a great shot from the point….and diaz brings some more good young depth with him…. Edmonton get three real good defense prospects.. two of which are NHL ready and looking to mature further into their roles… Tinordi has alot of upside to him.. and the 3rd or 4th pick can bring another blue chipper to edmontons deepening pool of youngsters…. i think that despite not giving up a huge prospect in the deal Edmonton only moving a spot or two down in the draft while ac*****ulating depth is more enticing then bringing in say a Wiznieski…

    Thats my perfect world hahaha 

  2. Steven_Leafs says:

    The Wisniewski deal I posted is definitely missing something. Maybe add Johansen to the deal and Edmonton would do it. Not sure if Columbus would at that point though. Screw it, this is getting difficult Edmonton should just keep the damn pick. lol.

    and I honestly doubt Edmonton would trade the 2nd overall pick down. While Tinordi is a solid prospect, I see no real advantage for Edmonton to trade away Grigorenko for him and Murray. I get the feeling Edmonton would only trade down for a massive overpayment.

    Oh well, fun to talk about.

  3. TimTheBone says:

    yeah Grigs is difficult to pass up…. but then you look at the defensive depth… and its weak.. its a tough situation for them….. i'm just being realistic and hoping we (habs) stay in the fourth overall selection at the least right now… theres a small possibility of sliding into last in the conference and getting the 3rd pick… i'm just real excited for forsberg

  4. Steven_Leafs says:

    problem is Edmonton does have a lot of defensive depth. They just have no real NHL ready defensemen. while I'm all for trading down to get Murray, I don't see the point doing it to get Murray plus a defensive prospect.

  5. TimTheBone says:

    i guess their depth isn't terrible,,, but no real strong defensive "sure things"….. their best bet at a top 2 is klefbom… but even him isn't a real blue chipper for a top 2 guy… gardiner is ….

    granted its extremely hard to find the top 2 d-man … more so than a top line forward…..and im not sold on murray being that guy as well….oh well

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