Too Early For 1993 Comparison

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 23) – Perhaps Phil Kessel should quickly change his jersey number from 81 to 14. Playing as well as he is, symmetry with our calendar year could be a terrific omen. All we must do… Read More

Look For Middle Ground, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – It is the most oft-repeated cliche in professional sport. You hear it from enlightened hockey players all the time: “Don’t get too high with the highs or too low with the lows.” A… Read More

Leafs Need a Home Streak

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – First, the obvious: Maple Leafs earned (with emphasis on that word) their most meaningful road victory of the 2013-14 season Tuesday night in Boston – and it doesn’t particularly matter that the waning… Read More

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can… Read More

Leafs Need a Jolt

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 27) – It is hopeful that players on the Maple Leafs enjoyed the Christmas break with family and friends. It is doubtful that some fairy godmother cast a spell over the team while the National… Read More


By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 8) – Let’s exclude goalies from this conversation because only a divine presence knows where the Maple Leafs would be without Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer. Among those that skate beyond the immediate vicinity of… Read More

Give Leafs Some Latitude

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 5) – Coaches and players in the National Hockey League have such an aversion to blaming injuries for sub-par performance, they will rarely do so even when warranted. Allow me, hence, to go there on… Read More

Maple Leafs Still Have Lots to Prove

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) – Let’s see… where were did we leave off? Oh yes, it was May 13th and the Maple Leafs were on their merry way to a second-round playoff clash with New York Rangers –… Read More
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