Gardiner (back) is healthy heading into free agency, reports TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Gardiner played in the first round in obvious pain, but avoided surgery and LeBrun revealed Tuesday that the defender's MRI has now come back clean. There are rumors of where Gardiner will land in free agency and he might even re-sign in Toronto. But the latter isn't possible until Mitch Marner's extension is signed. Regardless of where he lands, Gardiner will remain a top-four, puck-moving defender with very good fantasy value.
Gardiner dished out an even-strength assist and had three hits and four blocks in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Boston.
Gardiner was able to collect his second point of the series, and saw 15:47 of ice time in the game. The fact that the Minnesota native saw 1:13 of power-play ice time in the game would likely add to his fantasy value going forward. With Game 7 approaching Tuesday, the team will need Gardiner to keep up with his 10-hit, nine-block shot series performance thus far.
Gardiner (back) played 16:51 Thursday in a 3-1 loss to the Lightning in his return from injury.
Gardiner's confidence grew as the game wore on. His timing was a bit off, but thankfully he has another game to settle things before the playoffs begin. Gardiner played 1:32 on the power play and while he didn't pick up a point, he blocked one shot and laid one hit. The Leafs are considerably better with him in the lineup and his absence may have actually increased his offseason free agent value. For now, Gardiner will play Saturday to get his timing better and then work to atone for a bad Game 7 against the Bruins in last year's playoffs.
Gardiner (back) will return to action Thursday against the Lightning, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
After missing the last 18 games, Gardiner reportedly will accompany Nikita Zaitsev to form the second defensive pair. Gardiner has benefited greatly from the team's strong two-way play overall -- as evidenced by his plus-17 rating -- though he's 23 points short of his 2017-18 output since injuries have limited him to 60 games with just two more to play in the regular season.
Head coach Mike Babcock hopes that Gardiner (back) will play two games before the end of the regular season, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Toronto is hoping Gardiner will return for Thursday's game against Tampa Bay and would likely dress seven defensemen. The Minnesota native hasn't played since Feb. 25, but he resumed skating March 22 and practiced in a non-contact jersey three days later.
Gardiner (back) skated in a non-contact jersey at Monday's game-day skate, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Considering Gardiner hasn't been cleared for contact, he won't be suiting up versus the Panthers on Monday. It will be the 14th game on the shelf for the defenseman due to his back issue. The Minnesota native remains without a specific timeline for his return, but will no doubt be hoping to be ready for the playoffs. Justin Holl figures to continue filling out the blue line in Gardiner's absence.
Gardiner (back) took the ice ahead of Friday's practice session, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
While Gardiner wasn't able to take part in practice, the fact that he is at least back on the ice is a step in the right direction. The blueliner should probably still be considered week-to-week at this point and the team hasn't provided any additional details on when he might be ready to return. In the meantime, Igor Ozhiganov and Justin Holl figure to slot in as the third pairing.
Gardiner (back) is not progressing as quickly as hoped, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Bad news for the Leafs and fantasy owners. Gardiner, who has been out since Feb. 25, has not resumed skating. With three weeks left, he's not likely to contribute to your fantasy season.
Gardiner (back) remains week-to-week, Michael Traikos of Postmedia reports.
Gardiner reportedly is dealing with two separate injuries, but the only one that's been specified is a back issue that surfaced in late January. Despite the defenseman having missed the past four games, Gardiner is not on injured reserve, as more roster flexibility was afforded to teams following the trade deadline.
Gardiner (back) is considered week-to-week.
Gardiner has been dealing with back spasms for much of the 2018-19 campaign, so it appears as though the Maple Leafs have decided to shut him down for awhile in order to ensure he'll be as close to 100 percent as possible once the playoffs get underway. Igor Ozhiganov will likely have a permanent spot in Toronto's lineup until Gardiner is cleared to return.
Gardiner (back) will not suit up against the Oilers on Wednesday, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
The fact that coach Mike Babcock is expecting the team to make some sort of announcement regarding Gardiner's status doesn't bode well for his injury being a short-term issue. While we await additional news regarding the Minnesota native's health, the club will slot Igor Ozhiganov into the third pairing, though Justin Holl could also get a look down the stretch.
Gardiner (back) is considered questionable for Wednesday's matchup with the Oilers, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Gardiner is once again dealing with the back spasms that were bothering him prior to the All-Star break. Back issues are notoriously tricky and easy to aggravate, so Toronto will undoubtedly proceed with extreme caution to ensure Gardiner is as close to 100 percent as possible once postseason play gets underway. Another update on the 28-year-old blueliner's status should surface prior to puck drop Wednesday evening.
Gardiner (undisclosed) will be in action versus the Canadiens on Saturday, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Gardiner was able to practice Wednesday, but his status was muddied further when he didn't show up for Friday's morning skate as a result of the mystery issue. At any rate, he appears to be fine, so expect the eighth-year defenseman to reprise his role on the second pair and No. 2 power-play unit against the Habs. Gardiner has two goals and 26 assists to complement a plus-17 rating over 58 games this season.
Gardiner (undisclosed) is considered questionable for Saturday's matchup with Montreal, Jonas Siegel of The Athletic reports.
Gardiner missed Friday's morning skate due to an undisclosed issue, leaving his status for Saturday's contest up in the air. If Gardiner's unable to go, Igor Ozhiganov or Justin Holl will draw into the lineup against the Canadiens.
Gardiner skated with Travis Dermott, not Nikita Zaitsev, at practice Wednesday.
Gardiner has alternated good and bad play, so putting him down on the third pairing could be a way to diminish the team's exposure when he does something bad. Or it could just be an experiment that doesn't last beyond Wednesday. Gardiner is struggling through a period of depressed output -- he has just six assists in his last 20 games. And he hasn't scored a goal since Dec. 4.
Gardiner (back) set up two goals in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Penguins.
The rest must have helped -- he had sat out two games prior to the All-Star break. Gardiner is a solid fantasy contributor, but he had just a single assist in his previous 10 games. He'll want to put on a show as the Leafs head toward the postseason, as he's a free agent this summer. And given salary cap issues in Toronto, Gardiner will likely be inking a new deal in another city.
Gardiner (back) will play in Friday's game versus the Red Wings, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
Gardiner watched the final two games before the All-Star break from the press box, but he's ready to fit back into the second pairing. Gardiner has been an effective puck distributor this season with 22 assists in 47 games, but he has fired just 57 shots on net in that span, which has blossomed into just two goals.
Gardiner is "feeling good," but coach Mike Babcock indicated a final decision on his status against the Red Wings will come Friday morning, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
Gardiner's return would be a boon for the Leafs after a pair of games on the mend. The 28-year-old blueliner has compiled 22 assists and two goals to go along with a plus-17 rating over 47 games this season. His return would likely bump Martin Marincin out of the defensive pairings.
Gardiner (back) will not dress for Wednesday's game against the Capitals, Paul Hendrick of the Maple Leafs' official site reports.
With the All-Star break on tap, it appears the Leafs' coaching staff will play it safe with the blueliner, allowing him another week-plus of rest. He seems a good bet to rejoin the action to open the second half Feb. 1 against the Red Wings.
Gardiner (back) is awaiting official clearance to return Wednesday against the Capitals, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports.
While Mark Masters of TSN.ca seems confident that Gardiner will return based on the defenseman showing up for morning skate alongside Nikita Zaitsev, it would be in the best interest of fantasy owners to track Gardiner's status all the way through pregame warmups. Should he sit out for a second straight game, Martin Marincin reportedly would be the favorite to continue replacing him.
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