Leafs Stumble Into Madhouse on Madison

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – There was no evidence of the Maple Leafs at the United Center this morning, and fans of the reeling club are likely fearful the same could apply after 8 o’clock tonight. Having chartered Read More

Leafs Reminiscient of Early-’96

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – Since the early part of my career in radio, I have refused to advocate a person losing his job. If others wish to do so, that’s fine – there’s no right or wrong, Read More

For Burke, Head Must Prevail Over Heart

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Trying to imagine the raw disappointment coursing through Brian Burke right now is no simple task. As recently as 19 nights ago, it appeared the Leafs’ general manager had finally assembled a playoff-worthy Read More

Leafs Jittery Until Too Late

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – In the days of wooden hockey sticks, we might have suggested the Maple Leafs were squeezing sawdust out of their lumber during much of Thursday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by Read More

Temper Your Imagination, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) – If it were up to others, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke would pull the trigger on a significant deal before the NHL trade deadline to: a) Transform his slumping team into an Read More

Leafs/Canucks on Different Planets

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 19) – If it weren’t so utterly predictable, it might be appropriate to express alarm over the Maple Leafs total capitulation at Rogers Arena on Saturday. But, why waste our time? Even the most rabid Read More

Leafs Still Owe Three Banners

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Last Saturday is already a wonderful memory: Mats Sundin and his family watching from centre-ice at the Air Canada Centre as a banner honoring the Leafs all-time scoring leader ascended to its rightful Read More

Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

Olympic City With Leafs – Two Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 17) – Can it possibly be 24 months since the Winter Olympic Games of 2010 were dominating every inch of this city and surrounding area? I can remember when two years had commensurate value in Read More

Leafs Are Back (For Now)

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Feb. 16) – You could almost hear the sigh of relief across the endless miles of Prairie between southern Ontario and northern Alberta. When Tim Connolly scored in overtime – Tim Connolly… remember him? – Read More

No Question: Leafs Stink Right Now

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Feb. 15) – It is hardly uncommon for a coach to accentuate the positive, even when the negative is overwhelming. As such, we had Ron Wilson extolling his team for directing 42 shots at Miikka Kiprusoff Read More

Deja Vu 13 Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) – The irony of the situation began to take hold midway through the second period, when it was all but certain the Maple Leafs had nothing on a night that meant everything. My memory Read More

Sundin “Fluke” Still My Best Career Moment

***I WROTE THIS BLOG BACK IN FEBRUARY, ON THE EVE OF MATS SUNDIN HAVING HIS NO. 13 BANNER RAISED AT THE AIR CANADA CENTRE. CORRECTION: MAKE THAT “HALL-OF-FAMER” MATS SUNDIN*** By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no Read More

Jets Squeak Past Weary Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Feb. 8th) – It took the law of averages; uncommon travel, and bit less determination than we’ve noticed recently for the Maple Leafs to lose their first game in regulation time since Jan. 21. A 5-0-1… Read More

Leafs P.K. Turnaround is Astonishing

By HOWARD BERGER WINNIPEG (Feb. 7) – In this week of epic sports wagering, just imagine – for a moment – the windfall any of us could have collected had we placed a ridiculous bet the last time the Toronto… Read More

Shopping at Maple Leaf Gardens

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) – From the outside, the new Maple Leaf Gardens is almost identical to the building that served as home of the Leafs from 1931 to 1999. On the inside – at least, pertaining to Read More
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