Move Over, Don Cherry!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 30) – It is said, proverbially, that everyone will have 15 minutes of fame in his or her lifetime. I was fortunate to have 23 years of quasi-fame at Canada’s first all-sports radio station… Read More

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can… Read More

Leafs Need a Jolt

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 27) – It is hopeful that players on the Maple Leafs enjoyed the Christmas break with family and friends. It is doubtful that some fairy godmother cast a spell over the team while the National… Read More

To Be Thankful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 25) – For those dreaming of a white Christmas and living here in southern Ontario, Mother Nature has come through. For those simply dreaming of a life without pain, it is a completely different story… Read More

Carlyle Must Settle on No. 1 Goalie

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 22) – Don’t you think it’s time for Randy Carlyle to end the musical chairs routine with Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer? Wouldn’t the Leafs best be served if Carlyle implemented the off-season plan of… Read More

Opportunity Lost

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 17) – Late yesterday afternoon, I posted a blog here looking ahead at the Maple Leafs game in Pittsburgh a few hours later. “IF SKATING, LEAFS WILL DEFEAT PENGUINS” insisted the headline. Turns out I… Read More

If Skating, Leafs Will Defeat Penguins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) – What a great opportunity awaits the Maple Leafs tonight in Pittsburgh. Normally, a person suggesting this would be wrapped in a white coat, given the Penguins’ crop of wondrous talent. But, the situation… Read More

Early Yuletide For Leafs Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 15) – I remember the game as if it were yesterday, but I still had to look up the date (I’m only so much a hockey savant). Though merely 15 years old, I somehow felt… Read More

More “Missouri” in St. Louis

By HOWARD BERGER “If the visitors can summon more energy – and rested James Reimer can stonewall Alex Steen, David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Co. – the game will be competitive. Otherwise, TV remotes around the GTA will be active Read More

So THAT’S What It Feels Like

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 12) – Oh, it’s a time-worn cliche alright. But, rarely has it so dovetailed with a game involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, folks, the Leafs indeed got a “taste of their own medicine” here… Read More

Experiment Time For Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) – As my crystal ball from yesterday’s blog so accurately predicted, Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was handed a two-game suspension for his hit-from-behind on Boston rookie Kevan Miller late in Sunday’s game at… Read More

A Troublesome Quote

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 9) – Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle sounded as if someone had just released him from a choke-hold during his gathering with reporters after Sunday night’s 5-2 loss to Boston at Air Canada Centre. Whether… Read More

JVR is MVP

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 8) – Let’s exclude goalies from this conversation because only a divine presence knows where the Maple Leafs would be without Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer. Among those that skate beyond the immediate vicinity of… Read More

Give Leafs Some Latitude

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 5) – Coaches and players in the National Hockey League have such an aversion to blaming injuries for sub-par performance, they will rarely do so even when warranted. Allow me, hence, to go there on… Read More

Leafs Must Remain Patient With Gardiner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) – The biggest mistake of his managerial career in hockey is one that David Nonis has not yet made. And no one – including Randy Carlyle – should force him into it. Yes, Jake… Read More

There’s No Duplicating Coach’s Corner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 30) – Why even try? An odd consensus seems to have formed since Tuesday’s blockbuster announcement that Rogers Communications will control Canadian TV rights to the National Hockey League for 12 years, beginning next season.… Read More

Firing Coach Not Advocated Here

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 29) – So, now I have a “vendetta” against Randy Carlyle. Yup, it’s right there on my Facebook page: a couple of “Friends” – Ted Barton and David Rubenstein – suggesting I’m out to get… Read More

Rogers Accomplishes Rare Feat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – I’ve got to hand it, big-time, to my former employer, Rogers Communications. There’s an age-old maxim that trumps every cliche known to man: “Action speaks louder than words.” Rarely, however, does one… Read More
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