Toronto Maple Leafs sign Jake Gardiner to five-year deal

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with defenseman Jake Gardiner on a five-year contract, the team announced Tuesday

Gardiner played in 80 games for the Maple Leafs, scoring 10 goals and recording 21 assists. His 21:04 time on ice average was the second-highest on the team. 

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The former Anaheim Ducks first-round pick has spent the last three seasons with the Maple Leafs and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. 

On Monday, the Maple Leafs signed forward Daniel Winnik to a $1.3 million deal. 

Toronto went 38-36 and failed to make the playoffs last season. The team has not won a playoff series since 2003-04. In April, the Maple Leafs hired Brendan Shanahan to serve as the team's president and alternate governor. In July, the team fired two top front office executives in a "restructuring" move. 

- Alex Hampl

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