More “Coach Killers” Needed

TORONTO (Nov. 12) — It is disconcerting, yet inevitable, that much of the narrative early in this National Hockey League season surrounds the dearth of scoring. Disconcerting because goals provide entertainment. Inevitable because an entire decade has passed since the… Read More

Bibeau Could Become No. 62

TORONTO (Nov. 8) — What better occasion to discuss goaltending than the 91st birthday of Johnny Bower — the most popular and beloved player in Toronto Maple Leafs history? Had there been a few more of his genre, it’s possible… Read More

Maintain Sanity, Leafs Nation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 26) — While some Toronto media are tossing out such terms as “franchise–altering” to characterize the weekend, it’s probably wise to remember your Maple Leafs are at the very beginning of their construction process. Yes,… Read More

Will Babcock Salvage Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 31) — Eleven days after the Maple Leafs collared the coach they had targeted for more than a year, fans of the hockey club await another detonation. At some point, more of the roster that… Read More

Sticking With Rangers/Ducks Final

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 14) — Call me stubborn, if you wish, but the teams I chose to play for the Stanley Cup this spring are still alive halfway through the playoff tournament. And though somewhat tempted to shift… Read More

Why Blame the NHL?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) — I knew Steve Montador. And I liked Steve Montador. It was impossible not to. You simply had to meet the guy. I was accorded that opportunity in San Jose, Calif. on May 9,… Read More

Leafs Provide Quinn a Dazzling Tribute

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 30) — There was no messin’ with the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. In a performance glaringly reminiscent of the winning era under Pat Quinn from 1998 to 2006, the Leafs routed Washington 6–2 at… Read More

Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites. These photos were taken… Read More

Leafs May Still Have One Bullet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 12) – I’m going way out on a limb here; perhaps even grasping at a dump-truck full of straws given how abysmally the Maple Leafs have performed since the beginning of November – and particularly… Read More

Leafs Missing Only “Stage” Wins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – Including injuries, the Toronto Maple Leafs have overcome every obstacle in their path during the first quarter of the National Hockey League season. Except for one. Though points earned in the standings may… Read More
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