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Carl Gunnarsson | Defenseman

Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/9/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 196
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Carl Gunnarsson found the back of the net in Toronto's 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday night.
He has been an unlikely source of offense of late, with two goals and two assists in his last seven games. Gunnarsson has reached the 20-point mark once his five-year career and now he has 17. He's known more for being a solid defensive presence and he currently ranks fifth in the NHL with 166 blocked shots. Mar 26 - 8:20 AM

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Carl Gunnarsson scored for the first time in 83 games in Monday's win over Phoenix.

It was his first goal of the season and his seventh point in 50 games. Gunnarsson isn't known for his offensive contributions, but he has racked up 114 hits and 116 blocks to go with a plus-10 rating.
Jan 21 - 9:46 AM

Carl Gunnarsson is back in the lineup from his wrist injury.

He missed one game with the ailment. He is projected to be paired with Cody Franson against Carolina on Thursday night.
Jan 9 - 7:02 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (wrist) is listed as a game-time decision for Thursday's match in Carolina.

He missed Tuesday's game with a sore wrist after he was injured early into Saturday's contests against the New York Rangers.
Jan 9 - 3:02 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson will undergo an MRI for his upper-body injury on Monday.

Reports indicate that Gunnarsson's injury is elbow-related. The Maple Leafs might keep that under wraps, anyway, but we might know more about the extent of that injury early next week.
Jan 5 - 2:11 PM

Carl Gunnarsson left the game against the Rangers with an upper-body injury.

The defenseman didn't play after a first-period hit from Carl Hagelin. He logged 5:06 and had a shot on goal. Gunnarsson has played an average of 20:05 and the inconsistent Leafs defensive group can ill afford to lose him for an extended period.
Jan 4 - 8:58 PM

The Toronto defense has been a source of instability all season but Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle will not break up the pairing of Carl Gunnarsson and Dion Phaneuf.

This is the only defense pairing that has remained a constant for the Leafs from start to present. "I would say at this point we think that they're our go-to pair," Carlyle said. "Right now, I don't think (breaking up the two) is a possibility for us. . .But coaches change their minds." Searching for balance, Carlyle split Gunnarsson and Phaneuf for the first 28 games last season with Phaneuf playing alongside Korbinian Holzer and current Blackhawk Michael Kostka. By mid-March, though, he abandoned the plan and reconnected the team's usual top pairing.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Carl Gunnarsson has signed a three-year/$9.45 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

This deal makes Gunnarsson's arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday moot. He had 15 points and averaged 21:17 minutes of playing time in 37 games last season. The Maple Leafs have about $6 million in cap space left and they still need to re-sign restricted free agents Cody Franson, Mark Fraser and Nazem Kadri.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 05:20:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson's arbitration date is set.

Gunnarsson and the Toronto Maple Leafs are scheduled to meet with an arbitrator on July 26. Of course, they can make that hearing moot if they agree to terms before then. He had a goal and 15 points in 37 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 05:12:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson filed for salary arbitration.

Sportsnet's Chris Johnston says the two sides continue to try to hammer out a "longer-term" extension. Gunnarsson had 15 points last season.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 05:39:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson will be a restricted free agent this summer.

"The ball is in their court right now, so they got to get it moving," Gunnarsson said. "The four years I've had here have been great. We'll see what they want from me next year. I haven't thought about what I want." He plans to speak with his agent this week.
Wed, May 22, 2013 04:35:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson will return to the Maple Leaf lineup Saturday night against Ottawa.

He seems to have recovered from a hip injury that had sidelined him for three games. John-Michael Liles could be the odd man out. If you need Gunnarsson, feel free to activate him.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013 12:50:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) will sit out his third straight game Thursday night.

Coach Randy Carlyle said the team is targeting Saturday's match-up versus Ottawa as a possible return date.
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 12:21:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) didn't travel with the team and will not play Tuesday night.

Gunnarsson is being listed as day-to-day, but it seems like the Leafs are making sure he's 100 percent for the postseason. The Maple Leafs return home to host the Islanders on Thursday and we'll update you on Gunnarsson's status for that contest as soon as we know it.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Carl Gunnarsson didn't play Monday night because of a lower-body injury.

He is being listed as day-to-day but he may have just been given the night off since he's been nursing hip and groin issues all season. It wouldn't be surprising if he was back in the lineup Wednesday night, but another night off could also do him some good.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 10:00:00 AM

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C1Tyler Bozak
2Nazem Kadri
3Dave Bolland
4Jay McClement
5Peter Holland
LW1James van Riemsdyk
2Mason Raymond
3Carter Ashton
4Frazer McLaren
5Jerred Smithson
RW1Phil Kessel
2Joffrey Lupul
3David Clarkson
4Nikolai Kulemin
5Colton Orr
6Troy Bodie
D1Dion Phaneuf
2Jake Gardiner
3Cody Franson
4Morgan Rielly
5Tim Gleason
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Paul Ranger
G1Jonathan Bernier
2James Reimer
3Drew MacIntyre