Like Yesterday Afternoon

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) — It was 45 years ago Sunday. Mother’s Day 1970. My mom Sandee was in the prime of her life at age 32. I was 11 and had probably enjoyed brunch with her; my… Read More

Crunch Time Will Define Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – The Maple Leafs have successfully completed their first mission of the new season – winning five of eight exhibition games while incorporating half-a-dozen new players. Add in $3.00 a man and the entire Read More

Leafs Undergoing Enormous Change

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 21) – As training camp for the 2014-15 National Hockey League season approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs are changing in an unprecedented way. Any such transformation on the ice would naturally be welcomed by fans… Read More

Shanahan Tour Deepens Mystery

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – If Brendan Shanahan wanted to clarify his position on the Maple Leafs during a tour of city newspaper offices Wednesday, he failed rather miserably. Chances are it was more a political excursion than… Read More

What Could Leafs Get For Dion?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – I guess David Nonis is reading my drivel. Or, maybe not. Bottom line is, I began vouching for a Dion Phaneuf trade in this corner on Mar. 31 – a full 42 days… Read More

Nonis Will Be Reactive – At Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Two factors need to be understood by fans and media heading toward the National Hockey League trade deadline next Wednesday: a) the majority of general managers had reasonably established their plans of attack… Read More

Leafs May Still Have One Bullet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 12) – I’m going way out on a limb here; perhaps even grasping at a dump-truck full of straws given how abysmally the Maple Leafs have performed since the beginning of November – and particularly… Read More

Leafs Need a Jolt

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 27) – It is hopeful that players on the Maple Leafs enjoyed the Christmas break with family and friends. It is doubtful that some fairy godmother cast a spell over the team while the National… Read More

More “Missouri” in St. Louis

By HOWARD BERGER “If the visitors can summon more energy – and rested James Reimer can stonewall Alex Steen, David Backes, T.J. Oshie and Co. – the game will be competitive. Otherwise, TV remotes around the GTA will be active Read More

Give Leafs Some Latitude

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 5) – Coaches and players in the National Hockey League have such an aversion to blaming injuries for sub-par performance, they will rarely do so even when warranted. Allow me, hence, to go there on… Read More

Firing Coach Not Advocated Here

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 29) – So, now I have a “vendetta” against Randy Carlyle. Yup, it’s right there on my Facebook page: a couple of “Friends” – Ted Barton and David Rubenstein – suggesting I’m out to get… Read More

Has Nonis Made a Mistake?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 23) – When considering the best general managers in the National Hockey League, where would you rank David Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Among GM’s currently employed, deference would have to belong – for… Read More

Leafs Worst Game Since Before Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 3) – No, the Maple Leafs did not sweep a western-Canada road trip for the first time since March 2000. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Leafs had a couple or three lousy performances in… Read More

Maple Leafs: More Depth, Same Talent

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 5) – David Nonis, GM of the Maple Leafs, made a couple of good decisions on Friday, signing unrestricted free agents Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson. The moves came after his earlier acquisitions of Jonathan Read More
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