Jake Gardiner D TOR 3 Days

Gardiner will return to the lineup Friday against the Red Wings, Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press reports.

After serving as a healthy scratch for the last two games, Gardiner looks set to replace Stephane Robidas on defense. As arguably the Leafs' best defenseman in the latter stages of the 2013-14 season, Gardiner's recent removal from the lineup was puzzling, but it looks like he may have regained some of coach Randy Carlyle's trust. Gardiner will be paired with Morgan Rielly in his return.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 6 Days

Gardiner didn't take part in line rushes during Tuesday's pregame warmups and looks like he'll spend his second consecutive game in the press box, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

Gardiner was scratched only two times for all of last season, so coach Randy Carlyle's decision comes as a curious one. The 24-year-old had an assist and a minus-3 rating over his first two games, but he surely makes the Leafs' lineup a better one when he plays.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 7 Days

Gardiner may be a healthy scratch again Tuesday, reports the Toronto Star.

The Leafs won Sunday and coaches are generally superstitious about keeping a winning lineup intact, so Gardiner may once again be the odd man out. "It's understandable. It's how a lot of coaches think," Gardiner said after Monday's optional skate. He's considered a building block for the future, so he won't sit out for long. Just be prepared to adjust your lineup for Tuesday.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 8 Days

Gardiner has been scratched from Sunday's lineup, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.

The 24-year-old led the Leafs in ice time Saturday, so the move to leave him out as a healthy scratch is rather puzzling. Gardiner, who signed a four-year deal this offseason, isn't likely to find himself scratched very often going forward.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 3 Months

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jake Gardiner to a five-year, $20.25 million contract.

In other words, Gardiner will come with a cap hit of a little over $4 million annually. That's not a bad deal for either side. The Maple Leafs are taking a bit of a risk, but Gardiner's just 24 years old and has the potential to be a top pairing defenseman with Toronto. He had 31 points and averaged 21:04 minutes per game in 2013-14.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 3 Months

Defenseman Jake Gardiner, 24, is coming off his entry-level contract with Toronto and likely headed towards a bridge deal with the Maple Leafs.

etting the blue liner re-signed. "Talks are on-going," Nonis said. "Things are going fine. I don't see any hiccups there." According to CapGeek.com, the Leafs have $4.3 million in cap space now that they've got Reimer's deal done. With that kind of cushion, the Leafs have plenty of room to work out a short-term deal with the young defenseman. Leafs general manager Dave Nonis isn't worrying about getting Gardiner re-signed. "Talks are ongoing," he said. "Things are going fine. I don't see any hiccups there." Last season, Gardiner had 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games and averaged 21:05 of ice time per game.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 4 Months

The Leafs will have a new-look top pairing on defense, and it could include Jake Gardiner.

With Carl Gunnarsson now gone, there is an opening on the first defensive pair with Dion Phaneuf. Gardiner is likely to get the first crack at that job. Morgan Rielly is also set for an expanded role next season as well. "Those guys are going to have to take steps forward," general manager Dave Nonis said. "It might be a lot to ask for Morgan a little bit in his second year, but he made some pretty big strides last year and we would expect that he'll take some more next [year]. And I think Jake is a good possibility [of doing the same] as well."

Jake Gardiner D TOR 4 Months

The Maple Leafs are discussing what is believed to be a two-year bridge contract with defenseman Jake Gardiner.

That deal is reportedly worth around $2.25 million or $3 million per season. Gardiner just completed his entry-level contract. He generated a career high 10 goals and 31 points in 80 games last year.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 4 Months

Leafs GM Dave Nonis admitted that using Jake Gardiner as a forward has come up in discussions before, but it doesn't appear to be something that will happen.

"He was a forward, he started as a forward. He played more of his formative years as a forward," Nonis said. "There's been some talk of it, but I think he gives us an element at the back end that would be hard to replace. He can skate the puck out, pretty good on the power play. So I think right now, we would keep him back there, but ..." Gardiner's name has come up in trade rumors again this off-season, but if he stays in Toronto then it's hard to imagine that he won't be a defenseman again in 2014-15.

Jake Gardiner D TOR 5 Months

Former assistant coach Scott Gordon took exception to comments that Randy Carlyle doesn't get along with Jake Gardiner.

"There's this perception that Randy doesn't like Jake Gardiner, and it's comical," Gordon said. "I can't tell you how many times that Randy has said that the thought of trading Jake can't even be discussed until he's played 300 games [in the NHL]. He personally thinks it takes 300 games for a defenseman to get to the point where you can make a decision on them." Gardiner's name has surfaced in trade rumors again this off-season. He 167 NHL games under his belt and he's contributed 65 points.