Maple Leafs recall Jake Gardiner from Marlies, send Korbinian Holzer down

Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

Maple Leafs' Jake Gardiner (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:23 AM ET

TORONTO - David Nonis asks that Leafs Nation keep one major factor in mind when Jake Gardiner slips the Maple Leafs sweater on again.

“He is not the saviour,” Nonis, the Maple Leafs general manager, said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon on the The Fan 590.

“He is not going to come in here and solve any and all problems. To expect too much out of him would be unfair.”

The Leafs will make Gardiner’s recall official on Wednesday morning and the 22-year-old will join the club for the morning skate prior to that night’s game at the Air Canada Centre against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Leafs sent Korbinian Holzer, who did not require waivers, to the Toronto Marlies on Tuesday to clear a roster spot.

Expect Gardiner to be in the lineup versus the Lightning as the Leafs try to halt a five-game winless streak.

The QMI Agency reached Gardiner by telephone in Cleveland, where the Marlies were playing the Lake Erie Monsters, but he refused to comment. Ditto for his agent, Ben Hankinson, who got the juices flowing last week when he tweeted “#FreeJakeGardiner” following a loss against the Winnipeg Jets.


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