Healy: Wilson’s Big Mistake Was Last Week

By HOWARD BERGER MONTREAL (Mar. 3) – I was on a train Friday night from Toronto when news broke that Ron Wilson had been fired as coach of the Maple Leafs, which is somewhat ironic given that word of Pat Read More

Could Randy Carlyle Salvage Leafs Season?

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Mar. 1) – Given the severely limited options available to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, the question must be asked: Would Burke’s old Stanley Cup running-mate in Anaheim – Randy Carlyle – be able to Read More

Leafs Stumble Into Madhouse on Madison

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – There was no evidence of the Maple Leafs at the United Center this morning, and fans of the reeling club are likely fearful the same could apply after 8 o’clock tonight. Having chartered Read More

For Burke, Head Must Prevail Over Heart

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Trying to imagine the raw disappointment coursing through Brian Burke right now is no simple task. As recently as 19 nights ago, it appeared the Leafs’ general manager had finally assembled a playoff-worthy Read More

Leafs Jittery Until Too Late

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – In the days of wooden hockey sticks, we might have suggested the Maple Leafs were squeezing sawdust out of their lumber during much of Thursday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by Read More

Leafs/Canucks on Different Planets

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 19) – If it weren’t so utterly predictable, it might be appropriate to express alarm over the Maple Leafs total capitulation at Rogers Arena on Saturday. But, why waste our time? Even the most rabid Read More

Leafs Still Owe Three Banners

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Last Saturday is already a wonderful memory: Mats Sundin and his family watching from centre-ice at the Air Canada Centre as a banner honoring the Leafs all-time scoring leader ascended to its rightful Read More

Two Solitudes of Leafs and Canucks

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 18) – Achievement in professional sport is all about perspective – a rather extreme correlation when considering the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks, opponents at Rogers Arena here late Saturday afternoon. The disparity in… Read More

No Question: Leafs Stink Right Now

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Feb. 15) – It is hardly uncommon for a coach to accentuate the positive, even when the negative is overwhelming. As such, we had Ron Wilson extolling his team for directing 42 shots at Miikka Kiprusoff Read More

Deja Vu 13 Years Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) – The irony of the situation began to take hold midway through the second period, when it was all but certain the Maple Leafs had nothing on a night that meant everything. My memory Read More

Dreary Win After a Scintillating Loss

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 2) – You could probably count on one hand how often our country’s busiest play-by-play broadcaster has grumbled about a hockey assignment. But, Chris Cuthbert of TSN had a glazed-over expression as I rode the Read More

Leafs Without Energy on Troops Night

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – It is difficult to decide which was more predictable: the Maple Leafs losing in Buffalo on Friday, or getting swamped by the New York Rangers at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday. Given… Read More

Burke Went Too Far – Needlessly

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – Brian Burke has always been a fascinating study, but the intrigue surrounding the Maple Leafs general manager hit a new level this week. Burke’s lament over evolving strategy in the National Hockey League… Read More
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