Maybe it’s finally time for the Maple Leafs to look down to the farm or up to the press box for help.

With the cracks in their defence beginning to look more like canyons, option No. 1 is Jake Gardiner, who has 30 points in 40 games with the AHL Marlies.

Gardiner’s Minnesota-based agent, Ben Hankinson, is one of those wondering what the Leafs have been doing by keeping his client in the minors.

Hankinson tweeted his displeasure with his Gardiner's absence from the Leafs lineup following Toronto's 5-2 defeat at Winnipeg Tuesday night, completing their first three-game losing streak of the season.

"#FreeJakeGardiner," Hankinson tweeted before immediately being repeated close to 500 times by NHL enthusiasts.

After appearing 75 times for the Buds a season ago, scoring seven goals and registering 23 assists, the 6-foot-2 defenceman has been called up for just two NHL games this season.