War of the Worlds — Leafs Edition

TORONTO (July 4) — It happened Oct. 30, 1938. Just prior to 8:30 p.m. Eastern — prime time for radio listening in the era before television. Orson Welles, portraying a news bulletin, broke into dance music on CBS to warn… Read More

Leafs Planning For 2020

TORONTO (Jan. 12) — It is a wonderful and rather uncomplicated time to be a fan of the improving Toronto Maple Leafs, whose youngest and most–dynamic players are skating under entry–level salary restriction. None of Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita… Read More

Should the Leafs “Wait” For Tavares

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Yes, you’re probably chuckling at the headline to this blog. Truth be told, so am I. That said, however, weren’t we all chuckling two years ago at the notion of Steven Stamkos leaving the Tampa Bay… Read More

Road Kings Authored Their Demise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 8) — How remarkable that the Los Angeles Kings — one of the truly clutch and prolific road teams of this era in the National Hockey League — may have blown their chance for a… Read More

L.A. Kings One Step From a Dynasty

THE RIVALRY CONTINUES MAPLE LEAFS vs. CANADIENS, 7:00, AIR CANADA CENTRE – SPORTSNET By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8) — It wasn’t supposed to be this way. A hard salary cap in the National Hockey League, most believed, would make Read More

Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the… Read More

Are Leafs Better, Different… or Neither?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) – The question posed in my headline is rhetorical and will probably remain so until the latter portion of next season – which appears to be the time of year the Maple Leafs are… Read More

No Stopping Road Warriors From L.A.

By HOWARD BERGER GLENDALE, Ariz. (May 14) – While the Los Angeles Kings haven’t won anything yet, they are methodically piecing together the most impressive Stanley Cup romp in nearly a quarter-century. Not since the dynasty of Wayne Gretzky and Read More

Add a Sedin, Extend a Series

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 19) – It was another triumphant night on Wednesday for visiting teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs and probably should have been a three-game sweep given the Rangers early 2-0 lead at Ottawa. Pittsburgh Read More
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