Could Leafs Land Ryan Getzlaf?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 31) – “He could be available. But, there will be a fair amount of interest in him and he won’t come cheap.” That was the opinion of a prominent Western Conference executive when I wondered, Read More

Oh No Buffalo!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 29) – Okay, Leaf fans. We know you aren’t expecting much tonight in Buffalo. Nor should you. First Niagara Center (nee HSBC Arena, nee Marine Midland Arena) has been a snake-pit for the Blue and Read More

Nothing Yet Mysterious About Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 28) – As you follow the Maple Leafs through their abbreviated, 48-game schedule, chances are you won’t be confused by a whole lot. Frustrated now and then? Absolutely. But, dumbfounded? Hardly at all.  In that Read More

Early Season Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 26) – We have our first sample-size of the Toronto Maple Leafs from the abbreviated 2013 NHL season. Some indications are encouraging for fans of the hockey club; others are ominously familiar. As the Leafs Read More

Gretzky to Run Leafs?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (JAN. 22) – With rumors beginning to swirl that Wayne Gretzky is being considered for the presidency of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, I present to you a blog I wrote on May 13, 2008 Read More

Ron Wilson’s Loud Voice

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – There’s been all kinds of “heavy” in the hockey world since September, when the NHL lockout began. Once it ended, we had the Brian Burke melodrama. All scowl, no smile. So, with the Read More

When Leafs Playoff Jinx Began

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 16) – Rabid fans of the Maple Leafs are hoping their favorite team can break its record playoff absence in the lockout-shortened season this year. If not, the club’s drought becomes, at minimum, a full Read More

Brian Burke: Reflection/Final Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 14) – As I wrote the title to this blog, I nearly stopped myself. Then I chuckled, realizing that “final thoughts” on Brian Burke are similar to final thoughts about your mortgage with 25 years Read More

NHL Fans; More on Burke

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 11) – Among the most pervasive and intriguing questions in the heartland of hockey is how fans across the NHL will respond to the 113-day lockout that ended last weekend. The prevailing sentiment – heightened Read More

Personality vs. Prosperity

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – It is hardly a bulletin that bombastic people in the work-force are most likely to fall on their own sword. Brian Burke is merely the latest example – terminated, on Wednesday, as president Read More

Burke Felled By Interminable Demon

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 9) – Amid the evolving frenzy over why Brian Burke is no longer in command of the Maple Leafs – and bewilderment over timing of the announcement – this may be the most simplistic conclusion. Read More

Defense, Coaching Begins in Goal

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – It ranks among the oldest of hockey cliches: “Give me a good goalie and I’ll show you a good coach.” Bench masters from any era will be the first to agree. Toe Blake Read More

The First Expansion Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 2) – If you are interested, and choose to look, you will find historic meaning to just about every final series in Stanley Cup history. Be it a one-off championship [Carolina 2006; Anaheim 2007] or Read More
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