Burke’s Trip to Desert a Measured Risk

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 7) – Opinions about whether Brian Burke did something “wrong” by visiting our troops in Afghanistan on Canada Day – free agent  day in the National Hockey League – are predictably widespread and diverse. Any… Read More

Restraint Was The Leafs Best Ally

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 2) – On a day in which I had lots of fun with my growing list of Twitter subjects (how is it that a guy gets fired by the biggest all-sports radio station in… Read More

Your Opinion on Leafs Moves

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 6) – The question to fans of the Maple Leafs was simple and straight-forward; the answers somewhat diverse: “On reflection, do you like the moves made by Brian Burke and Co. the past week and… Read More

An Afternoon With The Blue Jays And Phillies

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 4) – So, I’ve got this new toy, see?   It was a Father’s Day gift from Susan and the kids: a Nikon Coolpix P-500 camera (below)… just out on the market last month.… Read More

Leafs, Rangers Pushing Hard For Richards

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (July 1) – If Brad Richards does not end up with the Maple Leafs, it will be through no fault of the hockey club. That’s what a very good source is telling me this morning.… Read More

The Leafs And Free Agency: My Take

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 30) – There is good news for the half-dozen or so fans of the Maple Leafs that approach the NHL’s open market pragmatically: the hysteria endemic to these few days will hardly be noticeable… Read More

The 1993 Doug Gilmour Scrapbook

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – What a trip it’s going to be at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, November 12th. Forget, for a moment, that the Ottawa Senators are in town that night to face the Maple… Read More

Mike Rupp on Leafs Radar

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 28) – He isn’t the big name fans of the Maple Leafs are salivating over in free agency, but he is big in every other way.   Veteran centre/left-winger Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh… Read More

Leafs 2011-12 Schedule Rather Insane

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 26) – Brian Burke is famous for a number of things, but silence isn’t among them. That’s why the general manager of the Maple Leafs drew a collective chuckle from reporters in Minneapolis the… Read More

Photo Diary of 2011 NHL Draft

By HOWARD BERGER ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 25) – The opening round of the 2011 National Hockey League draft was a bit less eventful than observers predicted. “I thought there would be more trades,” admitted Maple Leafs general manager Brian Read More

Leafs Almost Got Liles At Deadline

By HOWARD BERGER   ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 24) – The Maple Leafs acquisition of defenseman John-Michael Liles from Colorado capped off a pursuit that nearly came to fruition at the National Hockey League trade deadline back in March. “Yeah,… Read More

Tim Brent Still Waiting, Wondering

By HOWARD BERGER MINNEAPOLIS (June 24) – The focus of the hockey world shifts to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul tonight for the 2011 NHL draft. Once completed, all attention will shift once again to that wildest day… Read More

Options Still Available For Burke, Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER   MINNEAPOLIS (June 23) – Messages were screaming on my Twitter page within seconds of the two monster deals made by the Philadelphia Flyers:   “Why couldn’t Burke pull that one off?!”   “Dammit, Burkie missed out… Read More

Burke’s Task No Longer Overwhelming

By HOWARD BERGER MINNEAPOLIS (June 23) – During the final two months of the 2010-11 season, the Toronto Maple Leafs appeared to be progressing better than at any juncture in the post-lockout NHL. Though the Leafs have routinely made up… Read More

Burke Should Target Paul Stastny

By HOWARD BERGER MINNEAPOLIS (June 21) – Though he may be looking to move up in the draft order on Friday night, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is not going to fill his most significant need with an 18-year-old… Read More

Leafs Coaching Shuffle No Surprise

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 20) – The conviction in Brian Burke’s voice tailed off when he addressed the Maple Leafs coaching staff during his end-of-season media pow-wow at the Air Canada Centre. Though he was quick to confirm… Read More

My Father Irv: Simply The Best

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 19) – Six weeks ago today, I wrote a difficult but important blog about my late mother, Sandee, rehashing the two-month interval between her cancer diagnosis on Nov. 8, 1995 and her death on… Read More

Love Your Mother… While You Can

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 13) – I wrote this blog on Mother’s Day last year. It details the greatest woman I’ve ever known, and the worst time I’ve ever known. Read it… and heed it. ______________________________________ TORONTO (May Read More
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