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Sam Jardine has been called up to the Marlies to fill a hole on defence

The Orlando Solar Bears defender has played in 24 games so far this season.

Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Championship - Semifinals
Here’s Sam Jardine back in college playing in the Big Ten Championship.
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The Toronto Marlies announced they have called up Orlando Solar Bears defender Sam Jardine.

Jardine is a big, left-shooting defender, former an NCAA player, who is in his third pro season in the ECHL. He comes to the Marlies with Martin Marincin on the Leafs, filling in for an injured Nikita Soshnikov, and Timothy Liljegren on Team Sweden until the first week of January.

Jardine won’t fill those skates directly, but he will be a depth option.

Travis Dermott hasn’t played the last two games, which is curious, as he is a top-pairing guy himself. So perhaps we have an unreported injury there.

The Marlies play today in Utica, and they get to hang around to play there Friday as well. They have a few days off after, and then play the Boxing Day Calssic against the B-Sens on the 26th at the ACC.