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TORONTO Sixteen of the 20 players who dressed for the Leafs on the night of November 14, 2009 are now gone. Pedro Martinez Jersey . That night, with the Calgary Flames in town, a little-known defender and seventh-round selection from Sweden made his NHL debut. Nearly four years later and only Carl Gunnarsson and the trio of Phil Kessel, Nik Kulemin and Colton Orr still remain in Toronto. "Weve been through a lot," Gunnarsson said of the remaining handful during a conversation with earlier this week. "Ups, mostly downs, but last year was a big change. It feels good." With a sense of ownership rivaling few in the room in terms of longevity, Gunnarsson believes the time is right for him to emerge as a leader. On the verge of his fifth season in Toronto, he wants the responsibility that comes with steering the ship. "And thats something I expect from myself," he said, "taking that next step and hopefully have just as good a season as last year." Leadership is imparted in many different forms. Gunnarsson just hopes to find his suited brand and help guide the Leafs up another rung on the ladder, following a long-awaited playoff appearance last year. "Some guys talk a lot, some guys dont," Gunnarsson said of leadership. "But if you can say something in the room thats good or if you can just help the new guys out with whatever it might be ... Ive been here for awhile, had Randy for a season and a half. Im one of those guys that kind of knows what its all about. And obviously I need to be reminded too, but if I can help some other guys get into it quicker thats part of it." Valued as a quiet and stable cog on defence, one upon whom the coaching staff can rely on for extended minutes in varied situations, the Leafs wisely chose to keep Gunnarsson in the fold, signing him to a three-year contract worth $9.45 million this past summer. "They put a lot of trust in me," he beamed proudly of the deal. "They, as I do too, have some high expectations. It feels good that they really want me on the team. Thats how I looked at it. Especially this year when a lot of guys dont have contracts, cap is lower. That was huge for me." While he struggled some in his sophomore season, the Leafs havent had to worry much about the reliable 6-foot-2 defender, who tends to go about his business quietly. Now with 224 games of NHL experience, Gunnarsson believes hes better prepared to hurdle past adversity at this stage in his career, wiser than when he first made the jump from Sweden. "Experience, thats knowledge too," he grinned. Suiting up for 37 games last season, Gunnarsson was bothered by a troublesome issue in his hip from the outset of training camp. The injury persisted all year he missed 11 games but with an off-season of rest and treatment there was an expectation that he would feel better in the fall. Early reports suggest that being the case, this after a series of two-a-day on-ice workouts just this past week. "Right now where I am from last year its a huge difference I think," Gunnarsson said. "Not saying that Im not going to have to get treatment or stay on top of it everyday because thats what its going to be. I think thats how it is for every injury. If you have a knee surgery or you strained your ACL or whatever it might be, youve got to stay on top of that. Some guys play with braces or whatever it might be. I feel way better from last year so thats a good feeling coming into this season. Hopefully its going to stay on this level and whenever we get a couple days off just treat it the way it needs to be treated." One of the few known commodities and a source of understated stability, the Swedish defenders ongoing health is quietly crucial to the makeup of the Toronto defence. While maybe not perfectly cast for the role Gunnarsson has nonetheless proven he can absorb difficult minutes on a first pairing with Dion Phaneuf. Chuckling as he describes himself as "old and wise" after a stuffed four years in the league, Gunnarsson knows he represents a rare symbol of longevity in Toronto and hes now ready to do his part and lead. -- [i] Tyler Bozak made his NHL debut on October 13 before returning to the Marlies until January. Jason Vargas Jersey . The Spanish champions decision not to sign a defender during the January transfer window may have backfired after Valencia took advantage of a lethargic, uninspired effort by its hosts at the Camp Nou, where former Spain coach Luis Aragones -- who previously coached the Catalan side -- was honoured after his death on Saturday. Mookie Wilson Jersey .Patterson marked his anniversary by proving his worth once again.Lou Williams poured in 26 points, and Patterson drained two huge three-pointers late in the fourth quarter, as the Raptors topped the Denver Nuggets 112-107 in overtime Monday. . The visitors missed a host of good chances to win the game, and were left to rue substitute Ivo Ilicevics strike against the crossbar in the 86th minute, when he only had the goalkeeper to beat.CHARLOTTETOWN -- Kameron Kielly and Filip Chlapik both scored in the shootout as the Charlottetown Islanders edged the Saint John Sea Dogs 3-2 on Friday in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League action. Kielly also scored in regulation time for Charlottetown (1-0-0), while Daniel Sprong had a goal early in the third period to force overtime. Daryl MacCallum made 29 saves and turned away two skaters in the shootout to earn the win. Adam Bateman and Julien Tessier provided the offence for Saint John (0-0-1), while Sebastien Auger stopped 14 shots in net. The Islanders went 0 for 8 on the power play, while the Sea Dogs could not score on their three man advantages. --- SCREAMING EAGLES 6 WILDCATS 3 MONCTON, N.B. -- Kyle Farrell had a pair of goals, including one short handed, as Cape Breton downed Moncton. Evgeny Svechnikov scored and added two assists for the Screaming Eagles (1-0-0), while Timothe Simard, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Maxim Lazarev chipped in as well. Will Smith, Eric Leger and Adam Holwell replied for the Wildcats (0-1-0). --- TITAN 4 MOOSEHEADS 1 BATHURST, N.B. -- Christophe Boivin had goals in the first and third period to lead Acadie-Bathurst past Halifax. Jordan Maher had a power-play goal for the Titan (1-0-0), while Raphael Corriveau put the puck into an empty net. Ryan Falkenham was the lone scorer for the Mooseheads (0-1-0). --- PHOENIX 6 REMPARTS 1 SHERBROOKE, Que. -- Tim Wieser had two goals and two assists as the Phoenix dispatched Quebec. Vincent Deslauriers, Julien Bahl, Gabriel Fontaine and Kevin Domingue rounded out the Sherbrooke (1-0-0) attack. Dmytro Timashov scored the only goal for the Remparts (0-1-0). --- CATARACTES 7 SAGUENEENS 1 CHIOCUTIMI, Que. -- Anthony Beauvillier struck twice -- once on the power play -- as Shawinigan storrmed past the Sagueneens. Jose Reyes Jersey. Nicholas Welsh and Olivier Caouette also had power-play goals for the Cataractes (1-0-0), while Alex Pawelczyk, Dennis Yan and Giovanni Fiore scored as well. Samuel Roussy has a power-play goal for Chicoutimi (0-1-0) in a game that saw each team rack up 35 minutes of penalties. --- DRAKKAR 4 ARMADA 0 BAIE-COMEAU, Que. -- Philippe Cadorette stopped all 26 shots he faced as Baie-Comeau blanked Blainville-Boisbriand. Maxime St-Cyr had a pair of power-play goals for the Drakkar (1-0-0), while Antoine Pouliot and Simon Chevrier also scored. Samuel Montembeault turned aside nine of 13 shots he faced in the first 40 minutes of play for the Armada (0-1-0). Marc-Antoine Turcotte made 11 saves in relief. --- VOLTIGEURS 4 HUSKIES 1 DRUMMONDVILLE, Que. -- Joey Ratelle struck twice as the Voltigeurs blasted Rouyn-Noranda. Simon Fortier and Marc-Antoine Bouillon also scored as Drummondville (1-0-0) built up a 4-0 lead. Mathieu Lemay had the only goal for the Huskies (0-2-0). --- FOREURS 3 OLYMPIQUES 2 (SO) GATINEAU, Que. -- Stephen Anderson scored in the shootout as Val-dOr eked out a win over the Olympiques. Maxime Presseault and Vytal Cote scored in regulation time for the Foreurs (2-0-0). Alexandre Alain and Jonathan Bourcier responded for Gatineau (0-0-1). --- OCEANIC 6 TIGRES 5 RIMOUSKI, Que. -- Samuel Laberge scored two goals a minute apart in the third period as the Oceanic fended off Victoriaville. 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