Leafs Should Hound Chayka

TORONTO (July 5) — It costs nothing to be rejected in the National Hockey League. Therefore, the Toronto Maple Leafs can go hard at pursuing a player that would spectacularly balance their roster. Harold Ballard once told reporters he would… Read More

Tip Your Hat to the Caps

TORONTO (Apr. 24) — It was only six days ago that the lead sports columnist at the Washington Post referred to the city’s National Hockey League players as “choking dogs”. That would be Thomas Boswell, who wrote that the Capitals… Read More

Most Coaches Have Two Left Feet

TORONTO (May 10) — Among the hidden stories of Guy Boucher becoming head coach of the Ottawa Senators this week (replacing Dave Cameron) involved unspoken evidence that Boucher would have been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs 12 months ago,… Read More

How ‘Bout That “Other Guy?”

TORONTO (Jan. 16) — No one can deny that Mike Babcock is an elite coach in the National Hockey League. And, there is absolutely no debating that Babcock is the highest–paid coach in the NHL. Ever. But, is he… Read More

Shanahan’s Missed Opportunity?

In my view, a perfect candidate [to replace Randy Carlyle] came available today. If there’s a coach in the NHL that has gotten more out of less for the past 15 years than Barry Trotz, I’m not aware of him. Read More

Leafs Give Their Fans No Chance

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 5) — I often point out, in this tiny corner, the singular lack of middle ground among fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As if the poor buggers have an option. With half of the… 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

Don’cha Stop Nothing?

Going round and round… ’cause you can’t get on your feet; Going round and round… still taking all the heat. — Ric Ocasek, The Cars, 1986 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.Read More

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than… Read More

Carlyle Deserves Respectful Departure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – I am of two minds when it comes to the Maple Leafs muddled coaching situation. On one hand, I think Brendan Shanahan has already made his first mistake as president of the club… Read More

Shanahan: Good First Impression

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It required roughly 15 seconds to gauge the difference between presidential introductions – from Brian Burke’s inauguration with the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008 to Brendan Shanahan’s official crowning earlier today. It… 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
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