Would Leafs Pursue a Blockbuster?

TORONTO (May 6) — If I were Lou Lamoriello, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, my thought–process during the summer would be two–fold: a) hoping that the elite youngsters on the hockey club can follow up their rookie efforts in… Read More

Early Leafs Observations

TORONTO (Oct. 21) — Nine days ago, hours before the 2016–17 National Hockey League season, I wrote a blog in this corner entitled LEAFS WILL SIZZLE… THEN FIZZLE. It was my contention that the young, talented and energetic team assembled… Read More

Shedding Gorillas

TORONTO (Apr. 27) — It was “get even” time in the Stanley Cup playoffs this week. The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues disposed of their prime nemeses — throwing wide open the quest for the 2016 National Hockey… Read More

Leafs Can Still Conquer the Nation

TORONTO (Mar. 23) — Eastern Canada is safe from the Toronto Maple Leafs but the prairies, foothills and coastal regions are deeply imperiled. The National Hockey League’s dandiest outfit north of the border could soon become third–best in the nation.… Read More

Leaf Promotions May Be Costly

TORONTO (Mar. 15) — Lou Lamoriello made it clear last week that he has no qualms about burning through a year of entry–level contractual authority over William Nylander. As such, and though it appears somewhat wasteful, the Toronto Maple Leafs… Read More

Too Much Leafs Cheering Among Media

TORONTO (Jan. 3) — One year ago tonight, at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Randy Carlyle coached his final game with the Toronto Maple Leafs, losing 5–1 to the Jets. The score actually flattered the visitors, who were physically manhandled… Read More

Leafs Should Trade Bernier

TORONTO (Nov. 16) — This is going nowhere… much like a sports Sunday that had “Toronto” written all over it: Argos cough up a 12–point lead and lose a playoff game at Hamilton with no time left on the clock.… Read More

Eastern Scout: “Leafs Should Draft Hanifin”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) — “In any other draft year, I firmly believe that Noah Hanifin would be the top–rated prospect. He is that good.” Appropriately, and barring an unforeseen development, the Eastern Conference bird–dog that provided me… Read More

Should NHL Teams “Filter” Fan-Wear?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 4) — The Tampa Bay Lightning — down 1–0 to Chicago in the Stanley Cup final — has been ridiculed in some circles for prohibiting rival–team apparel in the Club sections of Amalie Arena. This… Read More

Sabres Looking Good For Babcock

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 19) — It appears the Buffalo Sabres have become the front–runner to land Mike Babcock. A one–time Sabres employee told me this afternoon that Buffalo “has blown Detroit out of the water” with its multi–year… Read More

NHL Executive: Babcock “Gone”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) — A well–known executive in the National Hockey League believes the Mike Babcock era in Detroit has come to an end. “I think he’s gone,” the exec told me late on Friday. “And, it… Read More

Don’t Blame Gibby, Jays Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) — Thoughts from a baseball road trip… It is normal for a rabid sports fan to develop chronic myopia. The most reasonable, intelligent person in other walks of life will turn to emotional blubber… Read More

Vulgar Tweet Should Provide Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE —  TSN, on Wednesday, delivered a smart and quick response to the issue of live public reaction during its signature events: TORONTO — TSN says it will no longer air public tweets during live coverage after… Read More

These Are… The Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) — Amid the Department of New Presidents; the Department of Analytics and the Department of New Third and Fourth Lines, the Leafs look an awful lot like the Department of Wreck–Creations. Which is a Read More

Rogers Accomplishes Rare Feat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – I’ve got to hand it, big-time, to my former employer, Rogers Communications. There’s an age-old maxim that trumps every cliche known to man: “Action speaks louder than words.” Rarely, however, does one… Read More

Vultures Pounce on the Best

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – Boy, how quickly in our tear-down society was it revealed that the incomparable TSN hockey panel jumped to conclusions in the Jarome Iginla trade watch. Aaron Ward Tweeted early this morning (12:05 to Read More

Yes, a Lockout Ended… Really

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) – Sadly, you have to be nearing 30 years of age to remember when a work stoppage in the National Hockey League ended in time to salvage part of a season. But, it did Read More
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