Vulgar Tweet Should Provide Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER UPDATE —  TSN, on Wednesday, delivered a smart and quick response to the issue of live public reaction during its signature events: TORONTO — TSN says it will no longer air public tweets during live coverage after… 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

Nonis Should Be Careful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 2) — There is nothing that resembles full disclosure when the general manager of a bad team meets with reporters after the annual National Hockey League trade deadline. As such, whatever David Nonis provided late… Read More

Leafs to Come Full Circle in Raleigh

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) — The elation of Leafs Nation ended just more than two months ago. Right where the club resides at this very moment. Nobody knew it at the time but Raleigh, North Carolina would become… 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

Clarkson a Convenient Scapegoat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) — After “guiding” the Maple Leafs to 11 consecutive losses, interim coach Peter Horachek figured it was time to get tough. He removed $4.75–million of payroll and $5.25–million of salary cap from his degenerate… Read More

Leafs Lacking “Hockey I.Q.”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 4) — Though demeaning and likely counterproductive, perhaps Randy Carlyle was onto something when he called his Maple Leaf players “brain dead” last season. In earlier years, when Carlyle played defense here in Toronto, he… Read More

Phaneuf Absence Good Test For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 26) — To illustrate how goofy it has once again become with hockey in this town, the news of Dion Phaneuf’s “upper–body” injury (or fractured hand) brought to mind that scene late in the Wizard 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

Leafs Provide Quinn a Dazzling Tribute

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 30) — There was no messin’ with the Maple Leafs on Saturday night. In a performance glaringly reminiscent of the winning era under Pat Quinn from 1998 to 2006, the Leafs routed Washington 6–2 at… Read More

Sad Week For the NHL

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) — The National Hockey League “family” — as it likes to be known — has lost three prominent members since Sunday. Given his involvement in the game, professionally and internationally, the death of Pat… Read More

Robidas Shows the Way

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) — Just a few quick paragraphs and some video evidence here before I call it a day. Dion Phaneuf, claiming the ridiculous snub of fans after Thursday night’s victory over Tampa Bay “helped his… Read More

Leafs Fan Snub Entirely Typical

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) — That the Maple Leafs petulantly slithered off the ice Thursday night at Air Canada Centre without the common stick–raising salute to their fans was typical of a team entirely devoid of character. In 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

Local Hospitals On Alert

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 12) — The nimrod that threw his Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Classic jersey onto the ice Saturday at Air Canada Center – and, yes, thank-you Nick Beverley for such an enduring term – couldn’t possibly Read More
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