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My Canada, I Mean My Leaf Team, Includes Carl Gunnarsson - Mike Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories

If you’re a General Manager, it’s probably best never to fall in love with a player (or at least very seldom) because you never know when you might have to move him along.  That’s just the way it is in the business that is the National Hockey League.

But as an observer of what happens in Leaf-urbia, if I had any say in the decision-making process, one player I would not be moving in an effort to get more offensive "punch" in the present line-up is defenseman Carl Gunnarsson.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Gunnarsson is not the perfect player.  We all know that he appeared to regress a tad at the beginning and through the first half of last season.  But, like many Leafs, his play seemed to pick up by the end of the 2010-'11 season.

Hard to argue with Mike here. More links after the jump.

Leafs Links

Ron Wilson Aims to Best Torterella

Just imagine the headlines.

'The Monster' Continues to Rear His Ugly Head for Leafs

Mirtle reports that Gustavsson gets the start tonight in Philly.

Leafs Stars Come Through Against Canadiens

Hope in the Big Smoke reviews Saturday night's game.

Other Links

NHL GMs Fine with Fighting

Eric Francis reports that GMs see no problem with fisticuffs.

L.A.'s Quick has Opponents Shooting Blanks

Proposed nickname of "The Human Vasectomy" probably has no traction.

Habs and Hab Nots

Schadenfreude is the best kind of freude.