Bringing back Mark Giordano makes a lot of sense for the Maple Leafs

When Mark Giordano was acquired by the Maple Leafs two days before the trade deadline, many thought he’d just be a rental and would be gone once the season ends.
Everyone who believed that at the time, including myself, were very, very wrong.
“To be able to be a part of this going forward and it being my hometown is obviously a huge bonus,” said Giordano to the media after he was traded to Toronto by the Seattle Kraken.
Once the 38-year-old joined the Maple Leafs, he spent a majority of his time on pairings with Justin Holl and Timothy Liljegren. Toronto having their playoff ticket essentially booked at the time of the trade helped a lot because it allowed head coach Sheldon Keefe to tinker with things before the time came to put it into action.
Giordano fit in right when he arrived and left it all on the ice every night. The 38-year-old finished the playoffs with the second-best five-on-five CF% among defencemen on the Maple Leafs at 53.54%. His five-on-five xGF% during the post-season was also in the top-half of t …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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