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

Return of the Roman Empire

[Lou] Lamoriello will surely add a defenceman at some point — [Mike] Babcock would be a candidate for a nervous breakdown with a top four of Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Matt Hunwick and Martin Marincin. — From my Saturday Read More

This is Kadri’s Last Chance

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 6) — There are doubtlessly three words (one slang) that Ron Wilson, Randy Carlyle and Peter Horachek would have for Mike Babcock as it pertains to Nazem Kadri: “Good friggin’ luck.” Perhaps the current head… Read More

Carlyle Due Much Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 16) — It hardly taxes the memory to recall that Randy Carlyle was a near–unanimous choice by pundits to be the first National Hockey League coach fired in 2014–15. I made it clear, in this… Read More

Leafs Hiring Spott On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 14) – Here’s a prediction: Steve Spott will be the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Take it to the bank. Precisely when this will happen remains a mystery but I’m thinking two… Read More

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) – It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year: Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle. Should… Read More

“Toronto Spoiled Me,” Says Eakins

By HOWARD BERGER EDMONTON (Oct. 29) – Coaching in the National Hockey League isn’t about to choke Dallas Eakins, even if he has a figurative hand-print on his neck just four weeks into the season. As rookie bench boss of… Read More

Eakins in Vancouver Mix

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 24) – Dallas Eakins summarized, respectfully yet unmistakably, his feeling about returning for another year as coach of the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies. “I’ve got contract time left here,” he intoned with the enthusiasm Read More

Kadri Not Surprising Me

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) – No, I neither predicted nor believed that Nazem Kadri would be among the top ten scorers in the National Hockey League at any point this season, let alone the two-thirds mark. I also Read More

Luongo Would Add Class, Savvy to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) – International acclaim and salary notwithstanding, there are comparisons to be made between Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Luongo – two men, apparently critical to their team’s success, cast aside at the defining juncture of Read More
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