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Relive the 2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs Season

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-07-30

View image | gettyimages.com The 2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs represent the last time that the Toronto Maple Leafs were actually a good hockey team. Not sneak-into-the-playoffs-and-lose-to-the-Bruins good, but actually a really solid team (with nice hair, too). A true Stanley Cup contender that loaded up at the trade deadline for a deep run, the Leafs ultimately came up short. It's not a stretch to say that they haven't recovered since.

Lamoriello a ‘once-in-a-generation hockey mind’

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-30

As the many on- and off-ice changes this year clearly indicate, the Toronto Maple Leafs are aiming to develop a winning culture. According to three-time Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko, new Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello is the ideal person to help orchestrate this turnaround. “You frequently hear about once-in-a-generation prospects — players that come around once every 10 or 20 years — like Gretzky, Crosby, and now, Connor McDavid. Well, Lou is a once-in-a-generation hockey mind,” Daneyko wrote in The Players’ Tribune. .@KenDaneykoMSG on the legend of long-time @NHLDevils general manager Lou Lamoriello. http://t.co/D7ybD2e7vY pic.twitter.com/2u03cEdK5q — T

Imagining the Contract Negotiations of Jonathan Bernier and Toronto Maple Leafs

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-07-30

The Jonathan Bernier arbitration hearing is set for Friday, with the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender asking for $5.1 million and the team offering $2.89 million, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. But if Bernier and the Leafs can work out a contract, they may not need a third-party judgment to determine Bernier's value. Now that Toronto has hired general manager Lou Lamoriello, the organization can use its complete front office powers to negotiate a deal with the goalie. If we were to plant an illegal recording device within the Leafs offices, here's what we might hear in a meeting between Bernier, Lamoriello, team president Brendan Shanahan and assistant GM Kyle Dubas.We join the meetin

Thursday Mashup: Toronto acquires Price!

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2015-07-30

The Blue Jays, that is. This is pretty damn exciting. The medicals have all been cleared and David Price deal to #BlueJays for Norris, Labourt, Boyd is official. #Tigers — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) July 30, 2015 TT, Price, Donaldson, Lamoriello, Babcock…..interesting times in Toronto sports. — Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) July 30, 2015 Thursday Links: Andrew The post Thursday Mashup: Toronto acquires Price! appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.

Former Leaf Sergei Berezin arrested for alleged Medicaid fraud

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-07-30

Former Maple Leaf forward Sergei Berezin was arrested in Palm Beach County, Fla. for alleged Medicaid and food stamps fraud, according to WPBF 25. An undercover operation found Berezin, who was drafted by the Maple Leafs in 1994, was allegedly paying a Florida company to receive Medicaid and food stamps benefits he was not eligible for, and he reportedly received $67,000 in benefits from Jan. 2010 - Dec. 2013.Meanwhile, WPBF reported that property records show Berezin and his wife own and live in a $1 million home in Boca Raton, Fla. Berezin reportedly told undercover police informants that he made $100,000 as an income for training hockey players and renting out properties. Berezin played

Ex-Leaf Sergei Berezin accused of Medicaid fraud

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-30

Former NHLer Sergei Berezin was arrested in Florida Tuesday and has been charged with alleged Medicaid fraud, according to reports. The 43-year-old former Maple Leafs forward and his wife are among four Russian immigrants being accused of illegally acquiring Medicaid and food stamps. They are currently being held in a jail in Palm Beach County. Former NHL player busted in Boca for Medicaid fraud @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/9dttvaL1mc — John Dzenitis (@wpbf_john) July 29, 2015 Berezin spent the majority of his seven-year NHL career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, registering 126 goals and 220 points in 357 games with the club between 1996 and 2001. He also played for the Phoenix Coyot

From the Branches: Is it Friday yet

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-07-30

Tune in to find out! It is not Friday yet. From the Front Page A full breakdown of Jonathan Bernier's arbitration hearing The mental game inside concussions and the NHL PPP interview with Solar Bears head coach Anthony Noreen Should I forgive Achariya for not even asking for his or Kyle Dubas' number? I value your feedback. Toronto Maple Leafs sign Marner to ELC Leafs Links Can someone please explain to me why this Toronto Sun article has Sergei Berezin being arrested for food stamp fraud? Beyond, well, "The Sun is terrible". Sportlogiq: The Maple Leafs traded the wrong big contract Maple Leafs Hotstove: The Jonathan Bernier arbitration numbers are in The Leafs Nation: Relive the 2002

Phil Kessel Doesn't Get Enough Credit for Being an Elite NHL Superstar

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2015-07-30

When it comes to superstar forwards in the NHL, it is safe to say that Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Corey Perry are popular names that roll off the tongue. It isn't surprising given the level of exposure each player has received in one way or another, but there is a player not listed who, by all accounts, should be there. His name is Phil Kessel, and it is surprising and disappointing that his name doesn't get the positive play that it deserves. He was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, and he is going to have a chance to play with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin in 2015-16. Doing so is bound to give him an opportunity to score 50 goa

Predicting The Toronto Maple Leafs Lineup – Forwards Edition

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2015-07-29

View image | gettyimages.com It has been a busy off season in Toronto with a lot of changes. Predicting a Maple Leafs depth chart at this point is quite challenging, especially considering training camps haven’t even opened, but it is good to experiment with some names and situations. Even though the Leafs have off loaded Phil Kessel, there are still a lot of term and dollars the Leafs would love to move. The names that come to mind are Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak. However, it appears more and more likely that these players will be with the Leafs when the season starts on October 7th so for now we will include them in the depth chart. With the departure of Phil Kessel t

Relive the 2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs Season

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2015-07-29

View image | gettyimages.com The 2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs season will always be a special one in my eyes, for it's the first year I really remember watching the team in the regular season. Certain playoff memories from previous years are still in my mind, but it was this team where I first experienced the joys of weekly Saturday night games and the odd mid-week game. And what a season it was. 

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