Leafs Should Look Hard at Komarov

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) – Clearly, the terms have to be reasonable. If Leo Komarov is looking for a five-year contract to return to the National Hockey League, there aren’t likely to be many suitors. If, however, the… Read More

Local Pro Sports Gaining Momentum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 26) – We begin the final week of May with Toronto Blue Jays the hottest team in Major League Baseball and vivid memory of Toronto Raptors taking Jolly Green Giant-type steps in the National Basketball… Read More

Sizzling Jays Must Conquer Home Yips

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 23) – The 2014 Major League Baseball season is nearly two months old and no team has clobbered the rawhide quite like the Toronto Blue Jays. Make that the “first place” Toronto Blue Jays. John… Read More

Jim Benning Has Come a Long Way

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) – He was projected to be among the spring-chicken saviors of the Harold Ballard era, which is likely all you need to know about Jim Benning’s inauspicious term as a defenseman with the Toronto… Read More

Price Injury is Hockey’s Loss

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) – The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs took a major hit today when it became known that Montreal goalie Carey Price is sidelined for the remainder of the Eastern Conference final against New York Rangers.… Read More

It’s Habs’ Year, Leafs Nation

(BUT, NOT TODAY) By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 17) – The 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs haven’t gone over particularly well here in the Big Smoke; not nearly as well, for example, as the Calder Cup tournament, where Toronto Marlies are… Read More

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than… Read More

Price + Lundqvist = Classic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 15) – It’s an easy equation. The two best goalies on the planet clashing for a berth in the Stanley Cup final. Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist for all the Eastern marbles. A re-match of… Read More

Phaneuf Could Just Be Tipping Point

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) – “If you think the Leafs are only going to make one significant change this summer, you’ll be very surprised.” Such was the opinion of a well-known National Hockey League executive, via email, on… Read More

What Could Leafs Get For Dion?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – I guess David Nonis is reading my drivel. Or, maybe not. Bottom line is, I began vouching for a Dion Phaneuf trade in this corner on Mar. 31 – a full 42 days… Read More

When Might the Trilogy End?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – In his popular weekend notes column, my friend Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote, “Randy Carlyle can’t coach anymore – or so many of his critics contend.” I have no idea whether… Read More

Love Your Mother… While You Can

I WROTE THIS BLOG SIX YEARS AGO ABOUT LOSING MY MOM TO CANCER IN LATE–1995. I HAVE POSTED IT EVERY MOTHER’S DAY SINCE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. PLEASE LOOK IT OVER AND EMBRACE THE MESSAGE WITH ALL YOUR Read More

Culture Change Starts Where?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) – To me, there can be only one explanation. It was a fluke. A convergence of powerless ineptitude that snowballed out of control. A plunge thoroughly atypical of an otherwise resolute cadre of professional… Read More

Carlyle Gets Two-Year Extension

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8) – It appears, at the moment, the Maple Leafs hired Brendan Shanahan so he could help convince general manager David Nonis to fire Randy Carlyle’s assistant coaches. If so, mission accomplished. In what has… Read More

Leafs Will Be the Same With Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) – Methinks the Toronto Raptors stole some hearts the past couple of weeks – and not by accident. For a brief time, this was an all-basketball city. With the Maple Leafs golfing (as usual);… Read More

Deja Vu in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – One year minus ten days and a hockey game at TD Garden had an awfully familiar look to it. Ever since the Maple Leafs gut-twisting loss to the Bruins in Game 7 last… Read More

Welcome to No. 47, Leafs Nation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 2) – And so it continues… month after month; decade after decade; perhaps unavoidably reaching and surpassing half-a-century. In these parts, it is simply known as “the drought” – the longest current Stanley Cup famine.… Read More

Infamy in San Jose

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 1) – It happened three times in the first 93 years of the National Hockey League. It has now happened twice in less than four years – a club falling behind 3-0 in a best-of-seven… Read More
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