Of Course, Leafs Can Stand Pat

TORONTO (June 29) — On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, moments after the 2017 National Hockey League draft, Lou Lamoriello sat alongside Mark Hunter and did what only he can do to perfection. Engaging and cooperative, the Maple Leafs general manager… Read More

Ron Willing to Battle

TORONTO (Mar. 29) — The plight of former National Hockey League referee Ron Wicks has engendered an outpouring of sympathy and prayer within and beyond the world of ice and pucks. Having become a dear friend over the past two… Read More

Gunnarsson Always Undervalued

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – The trade of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday morning generated shock-value equal to a 2.5-magnitude earthquake. In other words, it hardly registered. Which effectively summarizes the half-decade-long term… Read More

Leaf Players Are Stealing Money

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 10) – Late in Thursday’s game at Raleigh, N.C. – as his team was being demolished for a third consecutive night – Toronto Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis was shown on Sportsnet fiddling with… Read More

Leafs Must Remain Patient With Gardiner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) – The biggest mistake of his managerial career in hockey is one that David Nonis has not yet made. And no one – including Randy Carlyle – should force him into it. Yes, Jake… Read More

Carlyle Treading Perilously With Kadri

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 10) – Though it is theoretically possible for a young, gifted hockey player to modify habit, bidding to engender such change is often a waste of time. Innate, God-given talent must always be allowed to… Read More

Carlyle Recovering From Scare

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – The National Hockey League – though reluctantly – is still planning on a second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins opening-round series.  A forfeit had been considered when doctors found Randy Carlyle Read More

When Will Leafs Play Hockey?

By HOWARD BERGER MILTON, Ont. (Sep. 10) – It is impossible, on a day like this, not to feel the impending void. Every living cell in the September hockey mind is geared toward a resumption of activity: informal skates; training Read More
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