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Defenseman Jake Gardiner signed a five-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. According to multiple media reports, Gardiner will make $4.05 million per season throughout the deal. USA Today Sports reported that the cap hit is the second highest on the team behind that of defenseman Dion Phaneuf, the Leafs' captain. Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri tweeted, "@Jgardiner272 I know who's picking up next dinner.
The Minnesota Wild avoided an arbitration hearing with Justin Fontaine and signed the forward to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

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The Summer Of The Maple Leaf keeps getting better.#483811533 / gettyimages.comPrepare to rejoice, Leafs fans! SportsNet's Chris Johnston has great news for you!Jake Gardiner has signed a $20.25M, five-year extension with the #leafs. Gives him a $4.05M AAV.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2014Jake Gardiner's #leafs extension doesn't include any no-movement protection, Sportsnet has learned. Great deal for both sides.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2014The young dynamic defenseman will also have the opportunity to be an UFA at age 29 in 2019.Last year, Jake Gardiner followed up his promising rookie season (albeit that was in 2011-'12) by setting new career highs in games played (80), goals (10) and points (31) while playing an average of 21:05 a night, which he ranked second in behind captain Dion Phaneuf (23:34).This has been quite the offseason for Toronto. They've bolstered their forward depth by signing Leo Komarov, Mike Santorelli, Dav...
Jake Gardiner gets mentioned more frequently in trade scenarios than conditional draft picks, and that might not end despite his new 5-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The restricted free-agent defenseman signed a 5-year, $20.25-million deal that’ll give the Leafs $4.05 million against the cap. So it’s a very cap-friendly deal for a puck-moving 24-year-old defenseman, which brings us to the most salient point: There’s no trade or move protection in the contract, according to Chris Johnston , which obviously keeps the door open for a potential move down the line if the opportunity presents itself.  Or, perhaps, the Leafs have themselves a great price on a burgeoning stud on the blue line, that has two full NHL seasons and one split with the Marlies under his belt. Defenseman take a few years to develop and,  as Mirtle notes, the Leafs saw a ton of fulfilled promise in the last 20 games of last season. So another good move for the Leafs. We’ve been writing that a lot lately. It leaves us frightened and confused. 

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed restricted free agent defenceman Jake Gardiner to a five-year contract extension on Tuesday. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth $20.25 million with an average annual value of $4.05 million per season. The 24-year-old defenceman scored 10 goals and 11 assists in 80 games with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. He is coming off the final year of a three-year entry-level deal he signed prior to the 2011-12 season worth an average annual value of $1.117 million including performance bonuses.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Jake Gardiner to a five-year contract worth $20.25 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. Jake Gardiner's #leafs extension doesn't include any no-movement protection, Sportsnet has learned. Great deal for both sides.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2014 The 24-year-old blueliner was a restricted free agent after his three-year deal worth $3.35 million expired following the 2013-14 season. This extension puts the Leafs $978,000 over the NHL’s salary cap with 25 players signed for 2014-15, per CapGeek. The former University of Wisconsin star tallied 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 80 games last season. Gardiner is an important part of a Toronto blue line that includes captain Dion Phaneuf, free-agent signing Stephane Robidas and Morgan Rielly (fifth overall pick in 2012 NHL draft).Filed under: NHL, Nicholas Goss, Top Stories, Toronto Maple Leafs
The Columbus Blue Jackets signed forward Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post, They have a forward who ranked in the top five in league scoring and a goaltender who was amongst the league’s best. But ask Stephane Robidas what attracted him to the Toronto Maple Leafs and he immediately says the team’s defence. “Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner,” Robidas said from his off-season home in Sherbrooke, Que. “When we talked about my role and what the Leafs are looking for, they’d like me to help the younger defencemen. To me that’s a great opportunity. I’ve watched them play. I know exactly how good they are and everything. Having a chance to play with one of the two and try to help those guys is going to be good for me.”... In his first year in the NHL, Rielly scored two goals and 27 points in 73 games. But the fifth overall pick in 2012, who had a minus-13 rating, could have used someone to pick him up after a bad game. Gardiner, who was arguably Toronto’s best defenceman in the second half of the season but of...

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The Toronto media nicknamed him “Sunny Jim” because of his boundless optimism in the face of Leafs turmoil. So you knew that the returning James Reimer could not let any ill will linger between himself and Randy Carlyle, coming off that March 29 game in Detroit that summed up the coach’s frustration with a season headed south. With Reimer unable to steal a point in a very winnable game during the Leafs’ excruciating playoff-race collapse, Carlyle called his goalie’s effort that night “just okay.” It was a quote dissected more often than a frog in Grade 9 biology and caused Reimer’s agent Ray Petkau to fire off a tweet that questioned the season-long shoddy play of Toronto’s defence. When Reimer and the Leafs failed to reverse fortunes in April, most thought Reimer’s weak overall numbers and Carlyle’s role in the team losing 12 of 14 games meant both would be gone. But Carlyle was given another chance by incoming president Brendan Shanahan, while general manager Dave Nonis officia...

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TORONTO — Center Daniel Winnik has signed a $1.3 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with the Anaheim Ducks. Winnik, joining his fifth NHL team, had a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. He had one assist and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games. The 29-year-old Toronto native has 150 career points (49 goals, 101 assists) with Anaheim, Colorado, San Jose and Phoenix. Winnik was chosen by the Coyotes in the ninth round of the 2004 NHL entry draft.Filed under: NHL, The Associated Press, Top Stories, Toronto Maple Leafs


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