Guys, I don't know what player you've been watching but Gards looked like he was out of his league last night against the Islanders. Same with Franson. We shouldn't rush Gards into situations in the NHL when he clearly needs some time in the AHL. Hopefully, when we comes back up to the NHL he'll be ready ... and not play as poorly as he did last night. That was unacceptable. I say this because I expect a lot more out of Gardiner.
I have no problem with this move. He needs big minutes after coming off his concussion and to get back into the flow of the game.
Sending him back down to the Marlies so he can play in all situations 5 on 5, pk, pp and get his legs going again. With the short season there is no room to ease a guy back into the lineup. If this was an 82 game season you can afford to bring in along slowly but not in a 48 gamer.
Also in the AHL there is more practice time in between games which is what he needs
He will probably be back up in 10-14 days once he is back to full speed.
I think you guys have alot of hate for Franson. He played well last game.
Gardiner needs to work on his defensive game, he is too up on the play and needs to learn he is a defenceman. Unreal offensive skill though, obviously.
Franson was a bigger liability than Phaneuf was last night. At least Phaneuf is a bit of a **** disturber.. Frason looks like he's lost, and on his way to being our next turn over machine (taking over for #2)
I was expecting a sophmore "slump" before his injury.
Good to see that Management / coaching has recognized the potential for him to regress and have sent him down for a few games. It will do a load of good to gain confidence and I expect we see him back soon
This makes sense for him. For the first time ever, he looked as gassed as I've ever seen him since coming over to the Leafs. And I mean, fully expected. It's not like something where you can at least keep your conditioning top shape, he was out for a solid month with a week to get back, and not back to the AHL level either. This will give him time to regain his composure and conditioning and he'll be right back up.