The former Toronto Maple Leaf, Gardiner, played in 62 regular season games last season, recording three goals and 27 assists on the year. In seven Stanley Cup Playoff games last year he added two assists for the Leafs, who were eliminated in seven games by the Boston Bruins. He does have eight years of NHL experience under his belt, with 45 goals and an even 200 assists in that time.
Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks signed a familiar face on Friday, giving veteran Joe Thornton a one-year contract that is worth $2 million. The 40-year-old was reportedly contemplating retirement after last season, but did say if he returned, it would only be with San Jose. He has played 21 years in the NHL, splitting time with the Boston Bruins, and for the last 14 years, the Sharks.Thornton joined the Sharks in a major trade on November 30th, 2005, and went on to win the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP in his first season with them.
He has been the face of the franchise ever since, leading the team to consecutive Conference Finals in 2010 and 2011, and even a spot in the Stanley Cup Final three years ago, which was a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Thornton's role with the team has gone down as his age has gone up, as he was a third-line center, but still produced last season. He finished with 16 points and 35 assists, including 10 goals and 23 assists over the team's last 29 games, ranking him third on the team in points during that span. The Sharks ended up falling in six games to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference Finals, but with Thornton sticking around for another year, they are expected to contend yet again in the Pacific Division.