Measured Leaf Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 31) – Understandably, people who subscribe to the Toronto Maple Leafs as one would a religion are ticked off right now – and, therefore, emotional rather than rational.  This is found in the number of… 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

Leafs Can’t (or Won’t) Bail Out Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 24) – Because it is so catchy and memorable, hockey fans in this city continue to evoke the Brian Burke “18-wheeler” sob whenever Toronto Maple Leafs appear to be in a death-spiral. Spend just a… Read More

Leafs Desperately Need First Wild-Card

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) – Welcome to spring, when the leaves bloom and the Leafs often wither. Three weeks remain in the 2013-14 National Hockey League schedule and only one team has clinched a spot in the Stanley… 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

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern… 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

Bernier Resuscitating Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 1) – Message to Leafs Nation: I don’t want to say I told you so. But… dammit, I TOLD YOU SO! Time and again in this corner – and as recently as ten days ago… Read More

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can… 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

Carlyle Must Settle on No. 1 Goalie

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 22) – Don’t you think it’s time for Randy Carlyle to end the musical chairs routine with Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer? Wouldn’t the Leafs best be served if Carlyle implemented the off-season plan of… Read More

Leafs Must Remain Patient With Gardiner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 2) – The biggest mistake of his managerial career in hockey is one that David Nonis has not yet made. And no one – including Randy Carlyle – should force him into it. Yes, Jake… 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

Can Leafs Afford Kessel AND Phaneuf?

By HOWARD BERGER CALGARY (Oct. 30) – It is almost certain in today’s economic climate that a Stanley Cup contender will carry at least two mega-salaries, and probably more. How that team is built around it’s most expensive players will… Read More

Leafs Will Avoid Killer Streak

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 23) – A close examination of the Toronto Maple Leafs through ten games would suggest the club is neither performing at – nor worthy of – a .700 win percentage. The record, however, at 7-3-0,… Read More

Reimer Trade Talk Grossly Premature

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – Let me begin by asserting, once again, that I believe Jonathan Bernier will soon evolve into the undisputed No. 1 goalie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was obtained by general manager David… Read More

All Together Now: “Poor Randy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 11) – It was difficult for me to sleep Thursday night as I felt my heart bleeding for Randy Carlyle. Poor guy. His general manager gets him what appears to be the undisputed, front-line goalie… Read More
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