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Jake Gardiner’s agent thinks Maple Leafs should #FreeJakeGardiner

Mar 13, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

It appears that Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Jake Gardiner’s concussion issues are behind him, so many wonder why the team isn’t using him at the NHL level.

Quite a few of those people have taken to using the #FreeJakeGardiner hashtag on Twitter to express that opinion, and after Tuesday night, his agent Ben Hankinson became one of them.

In case Hankinson decides to delete the Tweet, here’s a screen capture of his civil protest:


Earlier on Tuesday, the Toronto Sun’s Dave Feschuk wondered aloud if Gardiner, 22, simply isn’t viewed as a piece of the puzzle by current head coach Randy Carlyle like he once seemingly was by Ron Wilson:

If the coach is looking for tighter, not looser, here’s a guess the free-skating, relatively small-bodied likes of Liles and Gardiner might be in tough to find their place in the lineup so long as Toronto keeps racking up points at a reasonable rate.

This isn’t the only recent bit of potential trade-baiting by Hankinson; the Octagon Hockey agent’s name was attached to Keith Ballard trade rumors as well.

He’s not the only agent in Octagon Hockey’s stable to make waves on Twitter, either, as Allan Walsh frequently shared his perspective during the lockout.

One can only guess how this might affect Gardiner’s standing. If nothing else, it’s pretty entertaining.

  1. 950003cups - Mar 13, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    He’d be MOST WELCOMED in NJ. Send him over here of they’re not happy. We’d beg for a player like him.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Mar 13, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Unfortunate for the rest of us when 6’2″ is considered ‘relatively small-bodied’. He’s bigger than Ryan Suter, who seems to be doing ok at the NHL level, last I heard. But at the very least, the Leafs have some attractive bait…there are several teams desparate for defense that might pay more than his worth.

  3. withseidelinn - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    He will never be traded.

    • tatdue - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      LOL…Who ever gave your comment a thumbs down is absolutely clueless if they think the Leafs are going to trade Gardiner!

  4. hockinj25 - Mar 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Played with Brendan Smith at Wisconsin, Red Wings would like a defensemen. Not sure how a trade would look but just throwing it out there.

  5. peculiarwillis - Mar 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Gardiner’s a keeper. Trade Phaneuf while his reputation is still intact. For my money, he’s an immature d man who thinks he’s got something to prove but . . . Has yet to prove it. Last night for example: he insisted on taking 3 shots from the blueline (all easily blocked) and wasted a 2 min 5 on 3. The game prior, on a powerplay he stood behind the net planning his attack for 10 seconds only to shoot the puck to center ice, right onto the oppositions stick. Forget about the giveaways on a regular basis. Trade him (Phaneuf)!

    • hockeyfreak2013 - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      WOW! Jets Win 5 – 2 what a mess!

      I couldn’t even believe my eyes when I was watching that leaf vs Jets game, I think they would have been better of staying home and watching the Marlies play the game for them.

      Phaneuf well for a captain lol he wasn’t to much of a help, that was great with a 5 on 2 pp but I really don’t think your going to be able to score a goal when you shoot the puck right at a person not 1 but 3 times during the game..

      I couldn’t believe my eyes..

      I guess we will see what they will do on home ice on Saturday, my guess they will get booed of the ice.

      TRADE Phaneuf, he’s useless get a way better player for that kind of money..

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