44 Leafs Notes and Opinions

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) – As a way of commemorating each spring since the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup final appearance in 1967, I offer you these 44 thoughts:  1) I’ve seen a lot of bad Leaf teams Read More

Has It Been Worse For Leafs Since ’67?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the “lost decade” of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for Read More

Official End For Leafs Could Come Tuesday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Figurative elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs for a seventh consecutive season occurred during the Maple Leafs 1-9-1 death-spiral in February. Literal elimination – that which involves mathematics – could happen as early Read More

Reimer Rolls Back the Clock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 24) – It will rank among the most unusual conquests of 2011-12 for the Maple Leafs, but we all know that beggars can’t be choosers. After serving up those consecutive-night turkeys against Boston and the Read More

Komisarek: The Players Care

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – While writing a blog two weeks ago in this corner, I suggested the Maple Leafs should consider buying out the final two years of Mike Komisarek’s hefty contract. The veteran defenseman has struggled Read More

Media Burden Just Another Excuse

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – Countering the oft-heard argument that the Maple Leafs are “victimized” by the Toronto media is remarkably easy. All one has to do is assemble a list of professional teams that have won championships Read More

Starch Gone From Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 21) – Perhaps I’m jaded after all my years around the Leafs but I have to be honest: There wasn’t much about the past two games that surprised me. Obviously, I wouldn’t have predicted an Read More

Another “Oy Vey!” in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 20) – It wouldn’t likely require a lot of research to determine whether the Maple Leafs have been slaughtered so regularly by one team in the post-80-game era (since 1974) as they were this season Read More

Carlyle Making Early Difference

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 19) – Unless he raises the Stanley Cup for a second time, it is inevitable that Randy Carlyle will be fired by the Maple Leafs at some point in the future, making room for the Read More

Brian Burke E-mail Anthology

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 19) – The anticipated result of a request I made on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend did not materialize. When I asked fans of the Maple Leafs to email their rational opinions of general Read More

Finally, a Breath For Reimer, Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 16) – First off: good call by Randy Carlyle to come right back with James Reimer after a tough night in Sunrise on Tuesday. It’s been awhile since any person in the Maple Leafs organization Read More

Human Side of Covering Leafs Rarely Pleasant

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 15) – Looking at the strained faces during the Leafs morning skate today at Tampa Bay Times Forum got me thinking about the unpleasant aspect of this otherwise-enviable vocation. I can – and will – Read More

No Evidence of “Guru” in Francois Allaire

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 14) – Am I the only person beginning to wonder how awful the Leafs would be if they didn’t have a goaltending consultant? Or, for that matter, what a goaltending consultant actually does? This is Read More

Leafs Media Battles Are Legendary

By HOWARD BERGER  PLANTATION, Fla. (Mar. 13) – The well-documented and turbulent relationship between Ron Wilson and the Toronto hockey media became irrelevant 11 nights ago, when the 27th coach in Maple Leafs history was fired. The tempestuous character of Read More

Could Ron Wilson Be Snickering?

By HOWARD BERGER WASHINGTON (Mar. 12) – Ron Wilson wouldn’t be the type to enjoy the blundering of his former team, would he? Who among us could possibly imagine ol’ Ronny cashing the bi-weekly portion of his $2-million severance cheque Read More

Playoff Undertaker Poised For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 11) – Somewhere at the Verizon Center in Washington early Sunday evening will be a bugle all polished up and ready to play Taps for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though the Leafs will still be Read More

Incredible Swing Possible For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – Though many are convinced – justifiably – that playoff aspiration is no longer within reach for the Maple Leafs, this weekend could easily determine the club’s fate. Toronto and Washington each play on Read More

Answering Your Leafs Questions

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 8th) – Thank-you to all that submitted questions or comments for this blog. Now, to answer them as best I can:  Q. Steve from Etobicoke writes: “Please come up with a list of sports management Read More
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