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NHL GM confirms that Gardiner turned down his UFA contract offers

“Thanks, but no thanks” - Jake Gardiner

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In case you missed the news late last week, the Carolina Hurricanes have signed former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner to a four year contract.

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Gardiner joins a deep Hurricanes blueline that also features Dougie Hamilton, Jaccob Slavin, Justin Faulk and Brett Pesce. Not bad. Not bad at all.

After signing his deal, Gardiner admitted that some teams may have been “scared off” signing him due to the re-occurring back issues that he dealt with this past season. Evidently that wasn’t a concern for Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin though, as he confirmed earlier today that he tabled an offer to Gardiner, but was ultimately rejected.

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Interesting. First Sebastian Aho, now Jake Gardiner. What is it with the Hurricanes and Canadiens?