Leafs sign RFA Gardiner to five-year, $20.25M contract

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7/30/2014 9:33:35 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs signed restricted free agent defenceman Jake Gardiner to a five-year contract on Tuesday.

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.

Gardiner was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Anaheim Ducks.

He was acquired by the Leafs, along with Joffrey Lupul, in exchange for Francois Beauchemin. In 167 career games, Gardiner has scored 17 goals and added 48 assists.

He won a gold medal as a member of the American team at the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championship and was also named a member of the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2011-12.

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Jake Gardiner (Photo: Brian Babineau/Getty Images)


(Photo: Brian Babineau/Getty Images)

Leafs' Offseason Moves


F Daniel Winnik, F Leo Komarov, F Matt Frattin, F Petri Kontiola, F Mike Santorelli, F David Booth, D Stephane Robidas, D Roman Polak


F Mason Raymond, F David Bolland, F Nikolai Kulemin, F Jay McClement, F Jerry D'Amigo, D Tim Gleason, D Carl Gunnarsson, D TJ Brennan, G Drew MacIntyre

Leafs' 2014-15 Cap Hits


Phil Kessel - $8 million

Joffrey Lupul - $5.25 million

David Clarkson - $5.25 million

J. Van Riemsdyk - $4.25 million

Tyler Bozak - $4.25 million

Leo Komarov - $2.95 million

Nazem Kadri - $2.9 million

Mike Santorelli - $1.5 million

Daniel Winnik - $1.3 million

David Booth - $1.1 million

Petri Kontiola - $1.1 million

Colton Orr - $925,000

Carter Ashton - $850,000

Matt Frattin - $800,000

Peter Holland - $775,000

Troy Bodie - $600,000

Trevor Smith - $550,000


Dion Phaneuf - $7 million

Jake Gardiner - $4.05 million

Cody Franson - $3.3 million

Stephane Robidas - $3 million

Roman Polak - $2.75 million

Morgan Rielly - $894,167


Jonathan Bernier - $2.9 million

James Reimer - $2.3 million

Players signed: 25

Retained Salary/Carryover: $2.48 M

Leafs' Cap Payroll: $68.64 M

2014-15 NHL Cap: $69.0 M

Source: Capgeek

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