Forget Sheldon Keefe — For Now

TORONTO (Apr. 20) — To paraphrase Mark Twain from 122 years ago, “rumors of Mike Babcock’s death have been greatly exaggerated.” The future of the Toronto Maple Leafs coach drove the dialogue as recently as Friday evening on Prime Time Read More

Write it Down: The Leafs in 6

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — It’s alright. Call me crazy. Measure me for a straight–jacket. Order blood and urinalysis. Administer a warm, soapy enema if you think I’m full of sh**. But, in the end, be sure to remember where you… Read More

Is Simmonds Worth Nylander?

TORONTO (Jan. 11) — The best teams in the National Hockey League can often rely on skill to achieve a particular level… and there may be no better example, right now, than the Toronto Maple Leafs. On occasion, however, a… Read More

Leafs-Capitals Still A Puzzle

TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Well, yes, David hung in with Goliath on Thursday night. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly toppled the behemoth of the National Hockey League in their playoff opener. For the first time in exactly 16… Read More

Leafs Planning For 2020

TORONTO (Jan. 12) — It is a wonderful and rather uncomplicated time to be a fan of the improving Toronto Maple Leafs, whose youngest and most–dynamic players are skating under entry–level salary restriction. None of Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita… 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

Game 4 Overtime Factor is Key

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – If the Maple Leafs come all the way back to eliminate Boston in their opening-round playoff series, Game 4 will be remembered as the most thrilling defeat in franchise history. Call it an Read More

Optimus Crime

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – As we told you in this corner on April 29, the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins will play Game 6 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal at Air Canada Centre on Sunday night. A Read More

No Mercy – Ever – For Dion Phaneuf

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 10) – Any comparison to the greatest player in the history of the National Hockey League rings with absurdity. So, please understand I am not making that comparison here. Today’s date, however, has conspired to Read More

Don’t Bet Against Game 6

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) – If you paused at your television for an extra moment last night – stunned and disappointed though you were after David Krejci’s overtime goal – you undoubtedly heard the ovation. It was restrained; Read More
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