Maple Leafs Rumors: Veteran Defenseman May Retire

The end could be near for Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano as Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos is reporting the veteran blueliner could call it quits this summer. Giordano will be 40 years old when next season opens and the decision is currently looming.

Giordano appeared in 78 games last season, recording 24 points. He then suited up in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games, collecting two assists. He's brought a veteran calming presence to the Maple Leafs and as a hometown kid, is getting a chance to live out a dream.

When the Maple Leafs recently introduced their new general manager, Brad Treliving, Giordano's name came up as the two know each other very well from their days with the Calgary Flames. Treliving had this to say, which in fact, could actually have been a slight foreshadow:

If this is indeed the end, Giordano goes down as one of the most steady defenseman of his era. He's a Norris trophy winner and to this point has played 1102 career regular season games, collecting 568 points. While the production was always there on the ice, 'Gio' will be known for his professionalism and integrity off the ice. Truly, one of the game's best.

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