67 Since ’67

TORONTO (Dec. 30) — His debut with the Maple Leafs ended inauspiciously on Friday night in Denver when J.T. Compher scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4–3 victory. But, Calvin Picard, surely unbeknownst to him, matched a familiar number… Read More

A Question Ignored

TORONTO (July 31) — With Leafs Nation ominously assuring itself that all draft components will remain in place beyond 2019, and media wondering if the addition of Patrick Marleau indicates the club is “going for it” now, here’s a question… 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

“Shanaplan” Changes With Stamkos

TORONTO (June 27) — Through decades of failure, the Toronto Maple Leafs have been brilliant at selling Kool Aid to their followers. Year after year, gallons of the sugary liquid are consumed by the National Hockey League’s most dehydrated market.… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More

Andersen Brings A Resume

TORONTO (June 21) — Given how often the Maple Leafs have swung and missed in recent years with apparent goaltending saviors, it is easy to be skeptical about the club’s latest procurement. Examining the situation more closely, however, can lead… Read More

Is Reimer Truly a No. 1?

TORONTO (Nov. 14) — We can say this much for James Reimer: He is the only puck–stopper the Toronto Maple Leafs have deployed in the post–2005 lockout era to provide the team a stretch of dependable work. Literally, the lone… Read More

Bernier’s Baby Has the Scoop

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) — Those newby children make for terrific pawns, don’t they? Can’t even say “da–da” yet and their fathers are heading elsewhere in the National Hockey League. What a wonderful world. For those unaware, Martine… Read More

Has Nonis Made a Mistake?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 23) – When considering the best general managers in the National Hockey League, where would you rank David Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Among GM’s currently employed, deference would have to belong – for… Read More

Leafs Are Unlikely to Surprise

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 9) – It is not unusual for media covering – and fans following – the Toronto Maple Leafs to rapidly draw a conclusion. Such a penchant begins with the opening shift of the rookie tournament… Read More

For Leafs, a No. 1 Goalie Must Emerge

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 19) – Here is a bulletin: the Maple Leafs will go as far, this season, as goaltending permits. In other news, the sun is frequently bright; Barack Obama wants to paddle Syria, and Canadians are… Read More

Nonis Undoubtedly Looking For No. 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – As we told you following the Maple Leafs elimination by Boston last month, general manager David Nonis and his staff was not sold on the netminding tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens; Read More

Bruins Will Win the Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 6) – Like most of us with a sporting interest, I’ve made some lousy predictions in my day – too many, in fact, to count. But, I’ve been pretty darned good with the Stanley Cup Read More

Are Leafs Committed to Reimer?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) – Let me begin here by stating fact: the Maple Leafs can move forward with James Reimer between the pipes. Over the course of three seasons, Reimer has proven – when healthy – to Read More

Carlyle Mishandling Goalies

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 17) – We can argue, from sunrise to sunset, whether the Maple Leafs have a legitimate No. 1 goalie. For myriad reasons, James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have neither corralled nor embraced the starting role Read More

Can’t We Get a Grip?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 21) – On any given day, the emotional spectrum involving the Maple Leafs rages from zero to one hundred and back, with no pause in between. The concept of middle ground has long been foreign Read More

Leafs Very Different (So Far)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 19) – Undoubtedly, the Maple Leafs have proven – after one-third of the lockout-shortened season – that they are no longer among the dregs of the National Hockey League. Plenty of time remains, of course, Read More

Early Season Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 26) – We have our first sample-size of the Toronto Maple Leafs from the abbreviated 2013 NHL season. Some indications are encouraging for fans of the hockey club; others are ominously familiar. As the Leafs Read More
This site is protected by Comment SPAM Wiper.