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

A Bloodcurdling Notion

TORONTO (Mar. 8) — While much of the world around us has descended into a vortex of inhumanity, we here in the great white north bask in relative calm. Our newly–elected leader isn’t threatening to “water–board” his enemies; we aren’t… Read More

Absurd (But Fun) Comparisons

TORONTO (Mar. 4) — I begin today with an impassioned waiver: What you are about to read is neither an indictment of Dave Randorf, Leo Komarov nor the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is simply, and absurdly, a comparison of games… Read More

Leafs Are Delightfully Dreadful

TORONTO (Jan. 28) — “T’is the season to be ghastly… “ Yes, indeed, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for a second consecutive year, have taken the post–holiday “blues” to an entirely different level. In their final ten games of January —… Read More

Dream or Nightmare For Bernier?

BUFFALO (Dec. 19) — In my blog here on Friday, I posed a rhetorical question: Under what pretext could Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock turn to the beleaguered Jonathan Bernier for another start in goal? The obvious answer: None. Somehow,… Read More

Would The Leafs Waive Bernier?

TORONTO (Nov. 30) — It sounded radical and dangerously impulsive. But, only until I paused to consider the repercussion. A well–known executive in the National Hockey League told me Sunday afternoon he would be “less than shocked” if the Toronto… Read More

We Miss You, Big Irishman

TORONTO (Nov. 23) — Even in the clutch of terminal illness, Pat Quinn struck a stately pose. The portrait, below, was snapped on July 24, 2014 — four months before the Big Irishman succumbed to a liver ailment at 71… Read More

Babcock’s Job On The Line

TORONTO (Nov. 19) — After the all–hands–in pursuit of Mike Babcock over the summer, it may come as a shock that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is reconsidering its commitment to the veteran coach. “He simply isn’t doing what we… Read More

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 4

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 15) – If you live in this city and look up the word “collapse” in the dictionary, the subliminal mind imagines a blue-and-white Maple Leafs logo. The reason is simple: While other Toronto teams suffer… Read More

My Travel Photography

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 22) – Given that many of you have spoiled me rotten with comments about my alleged photograpy skill, I thought I might spend some time “feeding the beast.” Once upon a time, I was known… Read More

Leafs-NHL Conspiracy Thriving

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 5) – What a horrendous time it must be for life-and-death followers of the Maple Leafs. Those who watch the club with rooting interest but are not overly effected by results have it difficult enough. Read More

Carlyle Needs a Vacation – Already

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 4) – It took Randy Carlyle exactly one month to blow his cover and vent some of the exasperation smoldering within him as coach of the Maple Leafs. Sigmund Freud wouldn’t go near this group Read More

Robitaille Remembers Imlach: Good and Bad

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 3) – Happily for me, I walked into the Sabres dressing room at First Niagara Center after the morning skate today with one of my favorite people in the game: broadcaster and ex-Buffalo defenseman Mike Read More

Leafs, Sabres Mostly Strange Bedfellows

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Apr. 3) – The nearest rivalry between Canadian and American teams in the National Hockey League plays its final act of the season here in western New York later tonight. That the stakes are altogether different Read More

Welcome to the Blizzard of 2012

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Jan. 13) – This could be a very long day. Having slept for maybe 90 minutes overnight, as a raging blizzard developed out of a Monsoon rain-storm here in the Queen City, an afternoon nap is Read More
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