Carlyle Gets Two-Year Extension

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8) – It appears, at the moment, the Maple Leafs hired Brendan Shanahan so he could help convince general manager David Nonis to fire Randy Carlyle’s assistant coaches. If so, mission accomplished. In what has… Read More

Don’t Look For “Science” in Leafs Slump

“I can’t tell you that [Jonathan Bernier] is going to be available to us tomorrow or the next day or the next day after that. Obviously there’s outside pressures that come in when you’re not having success, but that’s something… Read More

Kooky Leafs Heading Northward Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 20) – It is difficult to fathom that the Maple Leafs are hotter right now than the Anaheim Ducks. But, it’s true. Over the past 72 hours, Leafs have out-pointed the National Hockey League’s best… Read More

If Skating, Leafs Will Defeat Penguins

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) – What a great opportunity awaits the Maple Leafs tonight in Pittsburgh. Normally, a person suggesting this would be wrapped in a white coat, given the Penguins’ crop of wondrous talent. But, the situation… Read More

Maple Leafs Contented and Chirpy

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 2) – I had a wonderful time here yesterday, covering hockey practice at Rogers Arena early in the afternoon; writing a story on James Reimer for the National Post later in the day and hooking… Read More

Groundhog Day

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Oct. 31) – One month into the 2013-14 National Hockey League season, Toronto Maple Leafs have patented a winning formula that requires the club to get bludgeoned on the shot-clock just about every night. I can… Read More

Can Leafs Afford Kessel AND Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Oct. 30) – It is almost certain in today’s economic climate that a Stanley Cup contender will carry at least two mega-salaries, and probably more. How that team is built around it’s most expensive players will… Read More

Following the Leafs – Again

By HOWARD BERGER ABOARD AIR CANADA #135 TORONTO to EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Good heavens, it is late Monday night. Or, depending on your whereabouts, early Tuesday morning. Regardless – if in North America – you are probably asleep right… Read More

Respect For Phaneuf Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 24) – Hey, guess what? In the past couple of days, I have actually heard, and read, that Dion Phaneuf is capable of playing defense in the National Hockey League. Which is evidence that miracles… Read More

Burke’s New Role Hauntingly Familiar

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 5) – Of all the challenges Brian Burke has undertaken in his tumultuous career, the current one is not even remotely alien. For the second time in less than half-a-decade, Burke will oversee an “expansion”… Read More

“Thank you Miikka!”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 3) – It is a virtual blessing for the Maple Leafs that Miikka Kiprusoff chose to stay put in Calgary – averting potential destruction of the environment that has enabled Leafs to become one of Read More

Best/Worst NHL Uniforms of All Time

RE-POST FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 17) – Frequent visitors to this corner – and, perhaps, infrequent ones – are likely aware of my rather substantial collection of vintage NHL jerseys. Interest in these items has 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

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
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