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Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner is congratulated by teammates after scoring on the Edmonton Oilers during first period NHL action in Toronto on Monday February 6, 2012.
Toronto Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner is congratulated by teammates after scoring on the Edmonton Oilers during first period NHL action in Toronto on Monday February 6, 2012.
(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Mirtle: Could the Leafs really trade Jake Gardiner?

Well, this certainly adds new meaning to the #FreeJakeGardiner movement from last season.

Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Monday night that there is “definitely some level of conversation going on between other teams and Toronto” with regards to young defenceman Jake Gardiner, a tidbit that is sure to send some of the Leafs fan base into hysterics.