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Jake Gardiner has been freed, will play tonight versus Detroit

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Defenseman Jake Gardiner will be back in the Maple Leafs’ lineup tonight, according to approximately three million tweets from Toronto reporters.

Gardiner has been a healthy scratch the past two games, both Toronto wins. When asked the other day what the 24-year-old defenseman -- the same guy who signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract extension in the summer -- could do to stay in the lineup, coach Randy Carlyle replied, “Play better.”

Expected to take Gardiner’s spot in the press box will be veteran Stephane Robidas. The 37-year-old -- the same guy who signed a three-year, $9 million contract in the summer -- logged just 13:28 of ice time in Tuesday’s 3-2 overtime win versus Colorado, by far the lowest of any Leaf d-man that night.