Leafs Have Rescued Their Season

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 31) – Many times, in this corner, I have talked about how streaks become so critical in the National Hockey League of the 2000’s, where just more than half of 30 teams qualify for the… Read More

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern… Read More

The ‘Toronto-60’

UPDATED ANUALLY, HERE IS A RE-POST OF THE NOW 60 MEN THAT HAVE TENDED GOAL FOR THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SINCE THE 1967 STANLEY CUP TRIUMPH: By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) – Today marks 46 years, eight months and Read More

Blowout Okay Providing…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 24) – For those that actually thought the Maple Leafs would sail into the Stanley Cup playoffs riding a 36-game win streak, Thursday night’s disaster in Dallas must have hit hard. Success, after all, is… Read More

Too Early For 1993 Comparison

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 23) – Perhaps Phil Kessel should quickly change his jersey number from 81 to 14. Playing as well as he is, symmetry with our calendar year could be a terrific omen. All we must do… Read More

Look For Middle Ground, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – It is the most oft-repeated cliche in professional sport. You hear it from enlightened hockey players all the time: “Don’t get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.” A… Read More

Kooky Leafs Heading Northward Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 20) – It is difficult to fathom that the Maple Leafs are hotter right now than the Anaheim Ducks. But, it’s true. Over the past 72 hours, Leafs have out-pointed the National Hockey League’s best… Read More

More NHLers Should Emulate Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 18) – Yes, Phil Kessel is a streaky, prolific scorer. No, he will never win the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. And, maybe, he is worthy of his $8 million-a-season price tag with the Toronto… Read More

Leafs Need a Home Streak

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – First, the obvious: Maple Leafs earned (with emphasis on that word) their most meaningful road victory of the 2013-14 season Tuesday night in Boston – and it doesn’t particularly matter that the waning… Read More

Leafs Looking For a “Big Body”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 13) – If you frequent this corner, or even visit occasionally, you will know that I hardly ever devote a blog to trade rumors. While covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for much of the past… Read More

Leafs May Still Have One Bullet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 12) – I’m going way out on a limb here; perhaps even grasping at a dump-truck full of straws given how abysmally the Maple Leafs have performed since the beginning of November – and particularly… Read More

Leaf Players Are Stealing Money

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – Late in Thursday’s game at Raleigh, N.C. – as his team was being demolished for a third consecutive night – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis was shown on Sportsnet fiddling with… Read More

Carlyle Should Stay With Bernier

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan.  8) – With every strand of DNA likely imploring him to abandon his No. 1 goalie scheme, Randy Carlyle has to resist temptation. Given a consecutive-night road swing through Carolina and Washington on Thursday and… Read More

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) – It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year: Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle. Should… Read More

Winter Classic Excuse Lame

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 5) – Let’s get the violins out: “Toronto Maple Leafs were destroyed, 7-1, by New York Rangers Saturday night at Air Canada Centre because of the unavoidable Bridgestone Winter Classic hangover.” Instruments at ease. Happy… Read More

Brett Hull’s Dad is 75

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 3) – The Golden Jet is now a diamond. For those – like yours truly – that remember Bobby Hull high-tailing past defenders and unleashing hockey’s most feared slapshot, it is somewhat difficult to believe… Read More

43 Years Ago: The Biggest Romp

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 2) – Perhaps on New Year’s Day, 2057, hockey pundits around here will be reflecting nostalgically on the first-ever Bridgestone Winter Classic involving a Canadian team: Wednesday’s 3-2 shoot-out win by the Maple Leafs over… Read More

Bernier Resuscitating Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 1) – Message to Leafs Nation: I don’t want to say I told you so. But… dammit, I TOLD YOU SO! Time and again in this corner – and as recently as ten days ago… Read More
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