Reimer Concern Terribly Premature

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 12) – I’ll be the first to acknowledge the importance of statistical analysis in pro sport. Though some depend on it more than others, it can be profoundly useful and revealing. But, quoting James Reimer’sRead More

Dumb Penalties After a Busy Day

By HOWARD BERGER   WASHINGTON (Dec. 9) – After looking respectable on the penalty kill through much of November, the Maple Leafs were stripped naked by the Washington Capitals on Friday night. A sequence of undisciplined penalties allowed the Caps… Read More

Mid-Season Gem Awaits Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER WASHINGTON (Dec. 8) – After getting flattened by a virus on the weekend and having to skip Monday’s Leafs-Rangers game in New York (the flu never seems to appear before a January trip to Edmonton), it’s nice… Read More

Coaching Trio Linked to Leafs’ Past

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Dec. 1) – To be clear, Ron Wilson has been dragged unwittingly into the conversation of the past 24 hours that involves former and current Anaheim coaches Randy Carlyle and Bruce Boudreau.   Given… Read More

Burke Should Keep His Young Defensemen

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 30) – There is no question that Bobby Ryan, if available, would look terrific in a Maple Leafs jersey. Ryan is a proven scorer that can provide a team 35 goals per season… Read More

Golden Sunrise at Disneyland

By HOWARD BERGER ANAHEIM (Nov. 28) – Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, we hope today brings warmth and sunshine to your life. My day began with an uplifting, invigorating sight: the incredible colours of a southern-California dawn, as… Read More

Leafs Have Definitely Moved Upstairs

By HOWARD BERGER  ANAHEIM (Nov. 28) – Though it is still difficult, albeit tantalising, for fans of the Maple Leafs to gauge the improvement of their team, one thing became crystal clear while sitting in the Honda Center on Sunday Read More

Texas Grey to California Gold

By HOWARD BERGER ANAHEIM (Nov. 26) – In my experience travelling throughout North America, there is nothing so spectacular as a late-autumn afternoon in southern California. Though I spend most of each summer in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of… Read More

Lupul Provides Edge as Leafs Beat Stars

By HOWARD BERGER  DALLAS (Nov. 26) – Nice timing here for Joffrey Lupul. As the Leafs winger returns to Anaheim nine months after the Ducks were forced to part with him in a salary transaction, he scored the only goal Read More

Touring the Most Infamous Site in America

By HOWARD BERGER DALLAS (Nov. 26) – If the Leafs can beat the Dallas Stars tonight (8:40 p.m. EST face-off), they’ll be guaranteed at least a split of their four-game road trip that concludes on Sunday evening in Anaheim. Jonas Read More

Hockey, Football in the Heart of Texas

By HOWARD BERGER DALLAS (Nov. 25) – Generally speaking, I do not equate this city with fondness of memory, for it was here – on Jan. 1, 1996 – that I received a phone-call saying my mother had died of Read More

Leafs Going Wild For The Monster

By HOWARD BERGER   TAMPA (Nov. 22) – The Maple Leafs’ goaltending flavor-of-the-week is clearly Jonas Gustavsson, and just in the nick of time.   As if to make up for all the miserable nights in front of him… Read More

Reimer Speaks; Other Leafs Notes From Florida

By HOWARD BERGER   TAMPA (Nov. 22) – If you couldn’t tell that James Reimer was nearing a return by watching him on the ice this morning, his appearance in front of reporters afterward pretty much sealed the deal. For… Read More

Leafs Relaxing Here in Florida

By HOWARD BERGER   TAMPA (Nov. 21) – During an up-and-down first quarter of the season, the Maple Leafs have been party to the unforeseen. Paramount among that has been the absence, since Oct. 22, of starting goalie James ReimerRead More

Monster’s Last Chance?

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (Nov. 19) – The one image Jonas Gustavsson and fans of the Maple Leafs are desperately hoping to avoid tonight is that which has been all-too familiar for the Swedish-born goalie this season: gliding to… Read More

Just No Love For Ron

By HOWARD BERGER   CHARLOTTE (Nov. 18) – As I sit here in North Carolina awaiting a USAirways connection to Toronto, I find myself thinking about the complex temperament and personality of Leafs coach Ron Wilson.   Why am… Read More

Leafs Are Dropping Like Flies

By HOWARD BERGER NASHVILLE (Nov. 18) – Fans of the Maple Leafs may soon be able to watch the Toronto Marlies in action at the Air Canada Centre. It’s not that the Marlies are planning to vacate Ricoh Coliseum, but Read More

Wilson’s Retort to Leafs-Toronto Star Dispute

By HOWARD BERGER   NASHVILLE (Nov. 17) – After his day-of-game session with the Toronto media this morning at Bridgestone Arena, I cautiously asked Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson to explain why he’s been so upset over an article published… Read More
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