Toronto Maple Leafs: Should They Trade Jake Gardiner?

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Jan 19, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Jake Gardiner (51) comes off the ice after a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at the Air Canada Centre. Carolina defeated Toronto 4-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

David Chernish

Jake Gardiner is one of my favorite Maple Leafs, but we may be able to use Gardiner as trade bait to get another first round pick and prospect or trade back into the top 10 to draft a top forward.

That would add depth to the prospect cupboard and give Toronto Maple Leafs fans players to follow and cheer for during their development.

Gardiner could use a fresh start, but he already has one in Toronto with new management and coach. If there is any coach that could improve Gardiner’s development, it would be Mike Babcock.

So if the Maple Leafs can get a first rounder or top 10 pick, you pull the trigger on that deal. Any other deal I would just elect to keep him.

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