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Gardiner could sign with an Eastern team

july 21, 2019
The case of defenseman Jake Gardiner, who is still looking for a contract for next season, is still not settled. However, for the first time since the opening of free agency, his name is coming up in rumors.

According to what the site HockeyFeed reports, Gardiner was going to be very patient before accepting an offer from any other team than the Toronto Leafs. However, he must wait to see how much Mitch Marner signs for before he can sign himself, and there's no real hope that there will still be money left for the Ducks' 2008 first round.

In a recent article by Chris Ryan, journalist for the Devils NJ Advanced Media ,he mentioned that the 29-year-old could stay in the East, but not the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to his information, New Jersey Devils' GM, Ray Shero, would be interested in the left-handed defender. Shero would like to solidify the left side of his defense and he still has $18 million in cap space to sign an impact player. While PK Subban should play on the first pair in New Jersey, Gardiner could come in to give a boost to this defense that was split more often than usual last season.

However, there's still lots of work to be done. Gardiner looks very attached to his former team. It is hard to believe that after 21 days, no team has offered a contract to the left-handed defenseman. Last season, Gardiner recorded three goals and 27 assists for a total of 30 points in 62 games.

Source: HockeyFeed , NJ Advanced Media
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL 31 53
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 52
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 44
BRAD MARCHAND 29 44
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 43
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
JACK EICHEL 29 39
PATRICK KANE 29 35
ARTEMI PANARIN 28 34
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU 27 33
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK 29 25
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN 31 20
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 19
LEON DRAISAITL 31 19
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 18
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL 31 34
CONNOR MCDAVID 31 33
JOHN CARLSON 31 32
NATHAN MACKINNON 28 26
BRAD MARCHAND 29 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON 31 43
CALE MAKAR 28 28
DOUGIE HAMILTON 29 28
VICTOR HEDMAN 24 24
ROMAN JOSI 27 24
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ROOKIES GP PTS
CALE MAKAR 28 28
VICTOR OLOFSSON 29 24
QUINN HUGHES 28 23
ILYA MIKHEYEV 30 17
MARTIN NECAS 26 16
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
WINS GP W
BRADEN HOLTBY 22 15
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK 23 14
TUUKKA RASK 18 13
JORDAN BINNINGTON 22 13
FREDERIK ANDERSEN 23 13
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
PEKKA RINNE 16 3
JAROSLAV HALAK 11 2
TRISTAN JARRY 11 2
CARTER HUTTON 14 2
TUUKKA RASK 18 2
COMPLETE STANDINGS  

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