Leafs Goaltending Probably Intact

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) — With the Maple Leafs apparently in the midst of a cataclysmic overhaul, the club’s most important position could look familiar next season. Goalies Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer are tethered to the Leafs… Read More

You Think THIS Is Embarrassing?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 12) — Among the myriad issues debated throughout this frightful Toronto Maple Leafs season is ranking it amid the many–such disasters in team history. A subjective exercise, to be sure; much like rating the National… Read More

Kessel Might Look Inward

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 3) — I have no problem with Phil Kessel calling out the dastardly media or sticking up for teammate Dion Phaneuf. Fast Phil did both today in a well–conceived yet uncharacteristic diatribe after the Toronto… Read More

To Be Phil Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) — If you’re certain that 10 million dollars can buy happiness, it may be wise to check with Phil Kessel. While generations of future Kessels will never be found on a street corner —… Read More

Are Predators Chasing Fast Phil?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 11) — Requesting tolerance from a fan of the Maple Leafs is like asking the Pope for a Communion wafer. Only the sages can tell us which custom is older. That said, it may be… Read More

Leafs Streak Will Finally End

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) — Hate to say it, Leaf fans, but your team will actually win a hockey game tonight. That’s “win” — W-I-N — defined by Dictionary.com as: “to finish first in a race, contest, or … Read More

Forget McDavid, Leafs Nation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) — It may be prudent for Brendan Shanahan to try and detonate the Maple Leafs, but not for the reason most contend. The prevailing sentiment among hockey followers in this city — with the… Read More

Maple Leafs Carousel Continues

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) — If at first you don’t succeed, try 19 more times. That may not sound particularly functional but how often, in nearly half–a–century, has such a term been applied to the Toronto Maple Leafs?… Read More

Leafs Give Their Fans No Chance

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 5) — I often point out, in this tiny corner, the singular lack of middle ground among fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs. As if the poor buggers have an option. With half of the… 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

These Are… The Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) — Amid the Department of New Presidents; the Department of Analytics and the Department of New Third and Fourth Lines, the Leafs look an awful lot like the Department of Wreck–Creations. Which is a Read More

Not Much For $180,926.83

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) — It was one game, still very early in the schedule, but it felt like a re-run of The Wizard of Oz. I never get tired, mind you, of watching Dorothy; the Scarecrow; the Read More

Babcock to Leafs? Why?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Amid the Week 2 hysteria in Leaf Land, I have a prediction: Mike Babcock will stay right where he is and re-sign with Detroit Red Wings. That won’t go over well here in 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

Leaves Are Turning – Leafs Are Chirping

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 10) – “Can we talk?” The late Joan Rivers would have been darned proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The answer to her signature, comedic question is a resounding “Yes!!” No team in the National… Read More

Leafs Have Talked Enough

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 4) – Understand that Phil Kessel was merely and graciously answering a question put to him in early-August. It came from Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press, who chatted with Fast Phil during an event… Read More

Reimer Won’t Cause Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) – Any reporter or columnist that plans to engender a fuss at training camp over the Maple Leafs’ goaltending situation ought to think twice. First of all, James Reimer is way too intelligent to… Read More

Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the… Read More
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