Walkom Did Nothing Wrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 30) – A lot of Thursdays were ruined last night by Brent Seabrook in overtime at the United Center. Imagine the joy of hockey fans had Detroit prevailed in Game 7 of the Western Conference Read More

Are Leafs Committed to Reimer?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) – Let me begin here by stating fact: the Maple Leafs can move forward with James Reimer between the pipes. Over the course of three seasons, Reimer has proven – when healthy – to Read More

Eakins in Vancouver Mix

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 24) – Dallas Eakins summarized, respectfully yet unmistakably, his feeling about returning for another year as coach of the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies. “I’ve got contract time left here,” he intoned with the enthusiasm Read More

NHL and the World in 1970-71

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 22) – With the Maple Leafs golfing and looking ahead to more improvement next season, it’s time for me to look back once again – into the NHL’s past. If you follow this corner, you Read More

Sad Tale of Bry(i)ans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – Somehow, I don’t think this was the plan. Amid much anticipation, celebration and glorification, the two Bry(i)ans came to town – one with a ‘y’; the other with an ‘i’. Both planning, ultimately, Read More

Leaf Fans Losing the Love

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 20) – Somethin’ is changin’ in Leafs Nation. After years – even decades – of falling and remaining unconditionally in love with players wearing the blue and white, the ground is finally beginning to shift. Read More

Stastny Another Terrific Option For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 18) – At some point before next season, the Maple Leafs will be obliged to spend between $5 and $6.5 million to add strength up the middle. That’s pretty much a given. As mentioned in Read More

Lingering Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 17) – I am increasingly bewildered why so many hockey observers in this neck of the woods – experienced reporters and columnists among them – refuse to acknowledge the remarkable achievement of the Boston Bruins Read More

Leafs Should Pursue David Clarkson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – With all the gab about pending free agent Tyler Bozak, here’s an idea: Maple Leafs decide, now, to give Joe Colborne a full-time opportunity in Bozak’s spot and use the money saved to Read More

Day After the Night Before

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 15) – If misery loves company, fans of the Maple Leafs and Barrie Colts ought to swap tales about Monday night. As the Leafs were breaking hearts in Boston, Colts were suffering unspeakable misfortune in Read More

All Leafs Can Do is Learn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 14) – It should never have happened. Never. But, it did. And, it does. Now, it’s exam time for the Toronto Maple Leafs. You are waking up today as you went to bed last night. Read More

Maple Leafs Games 7: 1959 to 2004

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – Tonight in Boston is the 17th time since 1959 that the Maple Leafs have gone to Game 7 in a Stanley Cup playoff series. Through the Toronto Star Pages of the Past,… Read More

71 Years Long Enough?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – To give you an idea how long it has been since the Maple Leafs came back from a 3-1 hole to win a best-of-seven playoff series, consider the following: • Gordie Howe was Read More

Game 4 Overtime Factor is Key

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – If the Maple Leafs come all the way back to eliminate Boston in their opening-round playoff series, Game 4 will be remembered as the most thrilling defeat in franchise history. Call it an Read More

Optimus Crime

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – As we told you in this corner on April 29, the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night. A Read More

No Mercy – Ever – For Dion Phaneuf

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 10) – Any comparison to the greatest player in the history of the National Hockey League rings with absurdity. So, please understand I am not making that comparison here. Today’s date, however, has conspired to Read More

Don’t Bet Against Game 6

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) – If you paused at your television for an extra moment last night – stunned and disappointed though you were after David Krejci’s overtime goal – you undoubtedly heard the ovation. It was restrained; Read More

Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8th) – I can guarantee you that all fans of the Vancouver Canucks are muttering some form of “it figures” today. Whatever else they may be muttering cannot be printed here. A dismal Read More
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