Groundhog Day

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Oct. 31) – One month into the 2013-14 National Hockey League season, Toronto Maple Leafs have patented a winning formula that requires the club to get bludgeoned on the shot-clock just about every night. I can… Read More

Can Leafs Afford Kessel AND Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Oct. 30) – It is almost certain in today’s economic climate that a Stanley Cup contender will carry at least two mega-salaries, and probably more. How that team is built around it’s most expensive players will… Read More

Leafs Turning Back the Clock

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Oct. 30) – By any reasonable measure, it is a tad early to start invoking the names of Johnny Bower and Terry Sawchuk. But, riddle me this: When was the last time Toronto Maple Leafs appeared… Read More

“Toronto Spoiled Me,” Says Eakins

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Coaching in the National Hockey League isn’t about to choke Dallas Eakins, even if he has a figurative hand-print on his neck just four weeks into the season. As rookie bench boss of… Read More

Following the Leafs – Again

By HOWARD BERGER ABOARD AIR CANADA #135 TORONTO to EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Good heavens, it is late Monday night. Or, depending on your whereabouts, early Tuesday morning. Regardless – if in North America – you are probably asleep right… Read More

Respect For Phaneuf Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 24) – Hey, guess what? In the past couple of days, I have actually heard, and read, that Dion Phaneuf is capable of playing defense in the National Hockey League. Which is evidence that miracles… Read More

Leafs Will Avoid Killer Streak

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – A close examination of the Toronto Maple Leafs through ten games would suggest the club is neither performing at – nor worthy of – a .700 win percentage. The record, however, at 7-3-0,… Read More

Sad Ending to a Great Hockey Life

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 21) – Allan Stanley, the great Maple Leafs defenseman of the 1960’s, took his last breath on Friday afternoon at 87 years of age. Somber truth be known, however, the man they called “Sam” had… Read More

Reimer Trade Talk Grossly Premature

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – Let me begin by asserting, once again, that I believe Jonathan Bernier will soon evolve into the undisputed No. 1 goalie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was obtained by general manager David… Read More

All Together Now: “Poor Randy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 11) – It was difficult for me to sleep Thursday night as I felt my heart bleeding for Randy Carlyle. Poor guy. His general manager gets him what appears to be the undisputed, front-line goalie… Read More

Carlyle Treading Perilously With Kadri

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 10) – Though it is theoretically possible for a young, gifted hockey player to modify habit, bidding to engender such change is often a waste of time. Innate, God-given talent must always be allowed to… Read More

Leafs Are Unlikely to Surprise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 9) – It is not unusual for media covering – and fans following – the Toronto Maple Leafs to rapidly draw a conclusion. Such a penchant begins with the opening shift of the rookie tournament… Read More

Is NOW the Time For Stastny?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8th) – Hey, folks, with Colorado Avalanche in town and Dave Nonis, according to motley speculation, evoking Jake Gardiner’s name around the league, perhaps the Leafs GM will find a quick way to land his… Read More

Leafs Perfect But Haven’t “Started”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – It’s an old gripe on my part; familiar to those that regularly populate this corner. And, it was right there in one of the local dailies after the Maple Leafs defeated Montreal, 4-3,… Read More

Someone Else Will Have to Die

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) – At least the partisans of hockey violence have stopped insisting that “no one gets hurt in a fight.” Let us be thankful. For exactly four years and nine months, none of these pillars… Read More
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