Measured Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 31) – Understandably, people who subscribe to the Toronto Maple Leafs as one would a religion are ticked off right now – and, therefore, emotional rather than rational.  This is found in the number of… Read More

If Leafs Fully Crash, Look Out!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 29) – In memory of Richard M. Nixon, let me begin today by making myself “perfectly clear” – your Toronto Maple Leafs are still very much in the Stanley Cup playoff race. I know it… Read More

Leafs WILL Make the Playoffs (if…)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 27) – I ain’t changin’ my tune. Toronto Maple Leafs’ very good season began to unravel the night (Mar. 13) Randy Carlyle let Jonathan Bernier play injured at Los Angeles. You may disagree but the… Read More

Keeping Hope For the Leafs (in Yiddish)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Yes, I know. The headline to this blog may as well read ASTRONAUTS LAND ON THE MOON or SMOKING COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO HEALTH. It is so far in the past that one… Read More

It’s Ugly in Them Chairs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – To be honest, I don’t remember, prior to Tuesday night, the last time I sat among spectators to watch the Maple Leafs play at Air Canada Centre. It may have been Dec. 3,… Read More

Don’t Look For “Science” in Leafs Slump

“I can’t tell you that [Jonathan Bernier] is going to be available to us tomorrow or the next day or the next day after that. Obviously there’s outside pressures that come in when you’re not having success, but that’s something… Read More

Leafs Can’t (or Won’t) Bail Out Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 24) – Because it is so catchy and memorable, hockey fans in this city continue to evoke the Brian Burke “18-wheeler” sob whenever Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be in a death-spiral. Spend just a… Read More

Leafs Desperately Need First Wild-Card

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) – Welcome to spring, when the leaves bloom and the Leafs often wither. Three weeks remain in the 2013-14 National Hockey League schedule and only one team has clinched a spot in the Stanley… Read More

Leafs Still Have No Clue Defensively

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 20) – Rocket science need not be applied to anything the Toronto Maple Leafs have achieved or squandered in recent weeks. As it has for the past thousand or so years, this is a club… Read More

Carlyle Was Bang On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 19) – Anyone remotely familiar with this corner will know that a) I am not Randy Carlyle’s No. 1 supporter among current or former members of the media; b) that I’m a huge James Reimer… Read More

Players Should Never Make the Call

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 18) – I haven’t a clue how severely Jonathan Bernier is injured. But, I do know he’s worse off for starting in goal against his former team – Los Angeles Kings – a week ago… Read More

Bernier Mystery Deepens

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE: Toronto Maple Leafs today confirmed that goalie Jonathan Bernier has a groin-strain (as we expected) and is “believed to be day-to-day.” But, the question is: Why was Bernier allowed to aggravate what was clearly an existing… Read More

Are Maple Leafs “Hiding” Bernier?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 15) – I will begin today by admitting that suspicion has gotten the better of me. It’s the kind of thing that happens to a reporter after covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for ten days.… Read More

Leafs Win V-Shaped Western Trip

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 14) – Having copped four of six points in California this week against three of the National Hockey League’s best teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs are flying from Los Angeles to Washington with understated concern.… Read More

Leafs on Near-Historic Run

“Neither am I overly concerned about the up-coming California trek against three of the NHL’s best clubs: Anaheim, San Jose and Los Angeles. Given that Leafs tend to play up or down to the level of opposition, the western-USA swing Read More

Rundown on Maple Leafs Prospects

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – One of the most thorough hockey publications of the year is the annual “Future Watch” edition of The Hockey News – expertly assembled by my friend, Brian Costello. It was delivered to me… Read More

Memo to Leafs Nation: Try and Relax

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 4) – I saw it on Facebook this morning. To avoid probable humiliation, I will leave the contributor unidentified. Here was the post (edited for English): “If I’m David Nonis, I let it be known… Read More

Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites. These photos were taken… Read More
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