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

Leafs Jittery Until Too Late

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – In the days of wooden hockey sticks, we might have suggested the Maple Leafs were squeezing sawdust out of their lumber during much of Thursday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by Read More

Temper Your Imagination, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) – If it were up to others, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke would pull the trigger on a significant deal before the NHL trade deadline to: a) Transform his slumping team into an Read More

Leafs/Canucks on Different Planets

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 19) – If it weren’t so utterly predictable, it might be appropriate to express alarm over the Maple Leafs total capitulation at Rogers Arena on Saturday. But, why waste our time? Even the most rabid Read More

Leafs Still Owe Three Banners

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Last Saturday is already a wonderful memory: Mats Sundin and his family watching from centre-ice at the Air Canada Centre as a banner honoring the Leafs all-time scoring leader ascended to its rightful Read More

Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

Olympic City With Leafs – Two Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 17) – Can it possibly be 24 months since the Winter Olympic Games of 2010 were dominating every inch of this city and surrounding area? I can remember when two years had commensurate value in Read More

Leafs Are Back (For Now)

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Feb. 16) – You could almost hear the sigh of relief across the endless miles of Prairie between southern Ontario and northern Alberta. When Tim Connolly scored in overtime – Tim Connolly… remember him? – Read More
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