An Audience With Ron and Don

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 13) – Several hours before the Maple Leafs said goodbye for the season, my children – Shane and Lauren – had the privilege of saying hello to Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. Lauren had been… Read More

Leafs Ice-Level Direction Must Change

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 9) – Having missed the Stanley Cup playoffs in eight of nine springs, the genius of Issac Newton, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin would unlikely be sufficient remedy for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Franklin, at… Read More

Lost Decade For Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 6) – I am certain the Chicago Blackhawks will tell you their Stanley Cup victory last spring was no less thrilling than in 2010. So, it may not be fair to point out the Toronto… Read More

Bergeron Does it to Leafs Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 4) – For the second time in less than 11 months, Patrice Bergeron has likely hammered a final nail in the Toronto Maple Leafs coffin. Having scored the overtime winning goal at TD Garden last… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonis Will Be Reactive – At Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Two factors need to be understood by fans and media heading toward the National Hockey League trade deadline next Wednesday: a) the majority of general managers had reasonably established their plans of attack… Read More

2014 Stanley Cup: St. Louis Blues

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 5) – Call me crazy, if you wish (it will hardly be the first time), but, I’m damned serious when I contend the St. Louis Blues will finally win their first Stanley Cup this spring.… Read More
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