Apr 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (51) falls to the ice as Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) defends during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Two; Jake Gardiner, James Reimer and Cody Franson Still Un-Signed

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Yesterday, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed two of their young restricted free agents in Peter Holland and Carter Ashton. Holland received a two-year deal while Ashton only got one-year.

With those two signings, the Leafs have three free agents that still need to be signed, five if you include Spencer Abbott and Kenny Ryan of the Toronto Marlies. The three players that played with the Leafs last season that are still awaiting new contracts are Jake Gardiner, James Reimer and Cody Franson.

Reimer and Franson are currently waiting for their arbitration hearings. Gardiner chose not to file and is still negotiating with the Leafs. He should be the next Leaf to put his name on a contract, what will most likely be a bridge contract in the two- to three-year range.

Where it gets interesting is what Franson and Reimer will be awarded in arbitration. The Leafs have just over $11 million in cap space to get everyone signed. The Leafs can probably afford to get everyone under contract with that money, however, Reimer wants out and there are plenty of rumors that Franson will be traded as well.

So, what will happen? Will the Leafs sign Gardiner before Reimer and Franson’s arbitration hearing or will they wait until after the hearings to get Gardiner under contract? It should be interesting to see what the next few weeks have in store.

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