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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. 

Mitch Marner ‘lucky’ to be member of Knights, Leafs

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-29

Mitch Marner, selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs fourth overall at the 2015 Entry Draft, talks to Gord Stellick about the first thing he purchased once he signed his pro contract, conversing with GM Lou Lamoriello when the new Leafs’ executive was with the New Jersey Devils, what he learned with the London Knights, his first interaction with an NHL player, his emotions leading up to the draft, if he expects to play in the OHL or NHL in October, if his training regimen will change now that he’s a professional, and on the opportunity to work with head coach Mike Babcock.

Leafs offer Bernier minimum in arbitration

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2015-07-29

The big money the Maple Leafs have laid out for an expanded front office does not apply to their restricted free agent goaltender.

Why Pursuing Steven Stamkos as an UFA Makes Sense for Toronto

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2015-07-29

If I were newly-minted Leaf GM Lou Lamoriello, I would seriously consider pursuing Steven Stamkos when and if he becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) on July 1, 2016. Speculations on the Stamkos Home Coming Have Been Heating Up for Quite Some Time: To this date, we have already seen waves of debates surrounding three major issues pertaining to the Stamkos-to-Toronto speculation. First, there is ongoing uncertainty as to whether Stamkos would actually even make it to unrestricted free agency, especially given that Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has made it clear that resigning their captain is the Lightning’s top priority. Second, there are those who advocate that it is a good idea for

Five possible landing spots for Cody Franson

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2015-07-29

We’re a month into free agency yet Cody Franson remains unsigned. The 27-year-old is coming off three consecutive one-year contracts – in fact, his next contract will be his fifth since his entry-level deal – and he put up a career high 36 points in 78 games split between the Maple Leafs and Predators in 2014-15 on a $3.3-million salary cap. With Michael Del Zotto earning $3.875-million and Justin Schultz getting $3.9-million, one would think Franson could fetch an annual salary somewhere in the $4-million range, but perhaps his asking price or desired term is the reason he is still a free agent. It’s not a matter of if a team will sign him, but which team, when and for how much. Wit

A full breakdown of Jonathan Bernier's arbitration hearing

Source: Pension Plan Puppets
Date: 2015-07-29

Jonathan Bernier's arbitration hearing is tomorrow. This is what will happen before, during, and after the adversarial arbitration process. The Maple Leafs elected to have an arbitrator decide Jonathan Bernier's salary for next season. This process is adversarial and puts the outcome in the hands of a third party. Why did the Leafs choose salary arbitration? The Leafs filed for salary arbitration against Bernier almost as quickly as it is allowed. Bernier is a Restricted Free Agent as defined by the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We don't know how negotiations proceeded through the end of the season, but obviously both sides were far enough apart on term, money, or both, that t

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