Could the Leafs trade Gardiner to the Rangers?

Management has all but settled on dealing the erratic 23-year-old defenseman, who will play in his ninth straight game on Friday since sitting out the Dec. 7 match against the Devils in which Marc Staal was concussed.

General manager Glen Sather has been seeking for a top-four defenseman (and preferably a right-handed shot) as the return for Del Zotto, but that doesn’t appear to be realistic given his ongoing struggles.

It will be up to Sather and his staff to determine whether the club is best served by taking the best available offer — Toronto and Ottawa have had interest, and Colorado is believed intrigued, with the Maple Leafs perhaps willing to part with risk/reward defenseman Jake Gardiner, who had an adventurous night at the Garden on Monday — or whether to continue to hold out for more, even when doing so might yield diminishing returns.

4 Responses to Could the Leafs trade Gardiner to the Rangers?

  1. razer1818 says:

    To Toronto

    Shea Weber

    To Nashville

    Jake Gardiner
    Nazim Kadri
    L.M Liles
    Toronto 1RD 2014

    To Edmonton

    Dion Phaneuf
    David Clarkson

    To Toronto

    Sam Gagnier
    Darnel Nurse
    Edmontons 1Rd 2014

  2. leafy says:

    It’s about time there’s a huge blockbuster trade somewhere.

  3. leafmeister says:

    I really hope we keep Gardiner. I think he has been easily one of our best d-men during these dark times. 23 years old and so skilled. Unless it is a no brainer he is a keeper.

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