I dunno why the Habs wouldn’t want Gardiner tbh. Still think he would’ve been a good fit especially at that AAV.
It looks like the Habs themselves did want him, though not enough to go from three years to four years I guess.
It's just dumb Hab fans who wouldn't want him.
That said, it's not totally unreasonable if your stance is that you're scared off by his age and mysterious back ailment.