Are Leafs Listening to Carlyle?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) – Yes, I’ll be the first to acknowledge the miserable timing of my blog from yesterday. Led-balloon items occasionally appear in this space and others. I am not, however, the least-bit concerned about James… Read More

Reimer Has Earned a Stretch

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 25) – While Randy Carlyle is loathe to anoint a pecking order among his two reliable goalies, circumstance may force him to periodically deviate from that plan.  One such occasion is upon the coach right… Read More

Has Nonis Made a Mistake?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 23) – When considering the best general managers in the National Hockey League, where would you rank David Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Among GM’s currently employed, deference would have to belong – for… Read More

Leafs Missing Only “Stage” Wins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – Including injuries, the Toronto Maple Leafs have overcome every obstacle in their path during the first quarter of the National Hockey League season. Except for one. Though points earned in the standings may… Read More

Six Months Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – When the puck drops just after 7:30 tonight at Xcel Energy Center between the Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild, I seriously doubt Toronto winger Joffrey Lupul will be agonizing over the events of… Read More

Leafs Worst Game Since Before Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 3) – No, the Maple Leafs did not sweep a western-Canada road trip for the first time since March 2000. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Leafs had a couple or three lousy performances in… Read More

Are Leafs Actually “Retiring” Numbers?

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – Tonight’s National Hockey League game here between the Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs will be delayed for a ceremony in recognition of the most electrifying Vancouver player of all time: Pavel Bure. The… Read More

Maple Leafs Contented and Chirpy

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – I had a wonderful time here yesterday, covering hockey practice at Rogers Arena early in the afternoon; writing a story on James Reimer for the National Post later in the day and hooking… Read More

No Place Quite Like It

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 1) – The more I visit this city, the more I grow to realize how preposterously unique it really is. Multiply that statement – on Halloween – by any number you wish. I spent nearly… Read More

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
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