Carlyle Making Early Difference

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 19) – Unless he raises the Stanley Cup for a second time, it is inevitable that Randy Carlyle will be fired by the Maple Leafs at some point in the future, making room for the Read More

Brian Burke E-mail Anthology

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 19) – The anticipated result of a request I made on Twitter and Facebook over the weekend did not materialize. When I asked fans of the Maple Leafs to email their rational opinions of general Read More

Finally, a Breath For Reimer, Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 16) – First off: good call by Randy Carlyle to come right back with James Reimer after a tough night in Sunrise on Tuesday. It’s been awhile since any person in the Maple Leafs organization Read More

Human Side of Covering Leafs Rarely Pleasant

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 15) – Looking at the strained faces during the Leafs morning skate today at Tampa Bay Times Forum got me thinking about the unpleasant aspect of this otherwise-enviable vocation. I can – and will – Read More

No Evidence of “Guru” in Francois Allaire

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 14) – Am I the only person beginning to wonder how awful the Leafs would be if they didn’t have a goaltending consultant? Or, for that matter, what a goaltending consultant actually does? This is Read More

Leafs Media Battles Are Legendary

By HOWARD BERGER  PLANTATION, Fla. (Mar. 13) – The well-documented and turbulent relationship between Ron Wilson and the Toronto hockey media became irrelevant 11 nights ago, when the 27th coach in Maple Leafs history was fired. The tempestuous character of Read More

Could Ron Wilson Be Snickering?

By HOWARD BERGER WASHINGTON (Mar. 12) – Ron Wilson wouldn’t be the type to enjoy the blundering of his former team, would he? Who among us could possibly imagine ol’ Ronny cashing the bi-weekly portion of his $2-million severance cheque Read More

Playoff Undertaker Poised For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 11) – Somewhere at the Verizon Center in Washington early Sunday evening will be a bugle all polished up and ready to play Taps for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though the Leafs will still be Read More

Incredible Swing Possible For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – Though many are convinced – justifiably – that playoff aspiration is no longer within reach for the Maple Leafs, this weekend could easily determine the club’s fate. Toronto and Washington each play on Read More

Answering Your Leafs Questions

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 8th) – Thank-you to all that submitted questions or comments for this blog. Now, to answer them as best I can:  Q. Steve from Etobicoke writes: “Please come up with a list of sports management Read More

Cherry Irrelevant? Hmmmm…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 5) – Though newspaper reading – like culinary preference – is largely a matter of taste, it may not be possible to find a better wordsmith in the sports section of a major Canadian daily Read More

Grabo Turns Hab-Killer Again

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 4) – There was a time when they used to boo Mikhail Grabovski in this city. Originally a Montreal prospect, the Belarusian bounced up and down (mostly down) between the Canadiens and AHL Hamilton Bulldogs Read More

Randy Carlyle Day at Bell Centre

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 3) – Referring to the Maple Leafs collapse in the past month as “an 18-wheeler going over a cliff,” Brian Burke sat alongside his new-old coach this morning at the Bell Centre here, hoping that Read More

Healy: Wilson’s Big Mistake Was Last Week

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 3) – I was on a train Friday night from Toronto when news broke that Ron Wilson had been fired as coach of the Maple Leafs, which is somewhat ironic given that word of Pat Read More

Could Randy Carlyle Salvage Leafs Season?

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Mar. 1) – Given the severely limited options available to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, the question must be asked: Would Burke’s old Stanley Cup running-mate in Anaheim – Randy Carlyle – be able to Read More

Leafs Stumble Into Madhouse on Madison

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – There was no evidence of the Maple Leafs at the United Center this morning, and fans of the reeling club are likely fearful the same could apply after 8 o’clock tonight. Having chartered Read More

Leafs Reminiscient of Early-’96

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – Since the early part of my career in radio, I have refused to advocate a person losing his job. If others wish to do so, that’s fine – there’s no right or wrong, Read More

For Burke, Head Must Prevail Over Heart

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Trying to imagine the raw disappointment coursing through Brian Burke right now is no simple task. As recently as 19 nights ago, it appeared the Leafs’ general manager had finally assembled a playoff-worthy Read More
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