Can Leafs Break the Interminable Pattern?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 29) — Our city attained an unseemly hat-trick this past week when the Toronto Blue Jays were inevitably and officially eliminated from the Major League Baseball playoffs for a 20th consecutive season (21st year —… Read More

What Should Maple Leaf Fans Expect?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) – Welcome, officially, to summer. Every year at this time – prior to the National Hockey League’s “silly season” – fans in the big markets begin to dream in technicolor. This market, in particular,… Read More

Shanahan: Good First Impression

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It required roughly 15 seconds to gauge the difference between presidential introductions – from Brian Burke’s inauguration with the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008 to Brendan Shanahan’s official crowning earlier today. It… Read More

If Leafs Fully Crash, Look Out!

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 29) – In memory of Richard M. Nixon, let me begin today by making myself “perfectly clear” – your Toronto Maple Leafs are still very much in the Stanley Cup playoff race. I know it… Read More

It’s Ugly in Them Chairs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – To be honest, I don’t remember, prior to Tuesday night, the last time I sat among spectators to watch the Maple Leafs play at Air Canada Centre. It may have been Dec. 3,… Read More

Darn Those Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 9) – Golden sunsets, white-sandy beaches and exotic islands notwithstanding, if there’s a team in the National Hockey League that requires a 19-day break less than the Toronto Maple Leafs, please let me know. Playing… Read More

Leafs Looking For a “Big Body”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 13) – If you frequent this corner, or even visit occasionally, you will know that I hardly ever devote a blog to trade rumors. While covering the Toronto Maple Leafs for much of the past… 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

Winter Classic Excuse Lame

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 5) – Let’s get the violins out: “Toronto Maple Leafs were destroyed, 7-1, by New York Rangers Saturday night at Air Canada Centre because of the unavoidable Bridgestone Winter Classic hangover.” Instruments at ease. Happy… 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

Leaf Fans Losing the Love

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 20) – Somethin’ is changin’ in Leafs Nation. After years – even decades – of falling and remaining unconditionally in love with players wearing the blue and white, the ground is finally beginning to shift. Read More

Leafs Should Pursue David Clarkson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 16) – With all the gab about pending free agent Tyler Bozak, here’s an idea: Maple Leafs decide, now, to give Joe Colborne a full-time opportunity in Bozak’s spot and use the money saved to Read More

Pot of Gold Somewhere?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 19) – If you were driving in the Greater Toronto Area at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, chances are you noticed a breathtaking double-rainbow in the southeastern sky. Perhaps it represented a ray of hope on Read More
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