Waiver Wildness: Should the Leafs consider bringing back Jake Gardiner?

Waiver Wildness: Should the Leafs consider bringing back Jake Gardiner?

Remember when the Leafs had Jake Gardiner for a long time and people had mixed reactions about how his time in Toronto went? It is crazy to think that it has only been a year and a half since he packed his bags and became a Hurricane, but he seems to have enjoyed his time there.
It now appears that his tenure in Carolina may be in jeopardy:

Jake Gardiner (CAR) on waivers
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 13, 2021

No, this is not a troll. Gardiner is really being placed on waivers and any team is free to claim him if they so chose, including the Leafs. While the chances of him actually getting picked up are marginal and the reason he’s even on waivers was so he can be placed on the Hurricanes’ taxi squad, he is certainly an interesting player worth looking into and someone that can be serviceable on most teams.
So it got me thinking: should the Leafs even consider bringing him back?
The most obvious benefit of claiming Gardiner is that he would have no trouble getting adjusted to Toronto on account that most of the players are already familiar with him and he is not …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

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