Toronto Maple Leafs Complete Team and Roster Guide 2023-24

TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Auston Matthews #34 of the toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 19, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Auston Matthews #34 of the toronto Maple Leafs scores a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during an NHL game at Scotiabank Arena on January 19, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /
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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 14: Mark Giordano #55 of the Toronto Maple Leafs  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

 Mark Giordano

Age: 40

Height/Weight: 6’0″ 202lb

Contract: $800,000 x 1

Draft: Undrafted

Acquired: March 20, 2022 (trade)

Role: 6th-7th D

Career Highs: 2018-19 Norris Trophy, 2019-20 Mark Messier Leadership Award, all-time leader in blocked shots.

Last Year’s Scoring: 4 Goals, 20 Assists, 24 Points in 78 games.

Last Year 5v5 Scoring/ Rate:  2 Goals, 21 Points, 1.04 P/60

On-Ice 5v5 Stats: Cori-For 51% ; Shots-For 54%; Scoring-Chances-For 55%,

Goals-For 59%, Expected Goals 55%

Status:  Currently the Leafs 6th defenseman.  Nearing the end of his career

Expectations: Giordano played almost every game last season, and while the effort is there, the age is starting to show more and more.

After truly crushing his 3rd pairing sheltered minutes paired with Timothy Liljegren during the vast majority of the regular season, Giordano struggled in the playoffs where he not only lost his minutes, but was out and out destroyed with the Leafs losing 11-4 when he skated during the playoffs.

He will try to rebound this season, hopefully with more nights off, so he’s ready to be a contributor come playoff time.

Notes: Giordano has had quite a successful career  and this could very well be in the last year of his career. He’s a shot-blocking machine and will look to maintain a spot but even that isn’t guaranteed at this point.

Giordano write up by Nathan Bondy