When Might the Trilogy End?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – In his popular weekend notes column, my friend Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote, “Randy Carlyle can’t coach anymore – or so many of his critics contend.” I have no idea whether… Read More

Culture Change Starts Where?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) – To me, there can be only one explanation. It was a fluke. A convergence of powerless ineptitude that snowballed out of control. A plunge thoroughly atypical of an otherwise resolute cadre of professional… Read More

Leafs Will Be the Same With Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) – Methinks the Toronto Raptors stole some hearts the past couple of weeks – and not by accident. For a brief time, this was an all-basketball city. With the Maple Leafs golfing (as usual);… Read More

All Bets Off With Shanahan’s Arrival

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) – Maple Leafs have commemorated the 24th anniversary of Harold Ballard’s death with new life in the form of Brendan Shanahan. History will determine whether the acquisition of another high-profile president marks a turning… Read More

Leafs Ice-Level Direction Must Change

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 9) – Having missed the Stanley Cup playoffs in eight of nine springs, the genius of Issac Newton, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin would unlikely be sufficient remedy for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Franklin, at… Read More

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

Keeping Hope For the Leafs (in Yiddish)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Yes, I know. The headline to this blog may as well read ASTRONAUTS LAND ON THE MOON or SMOKING COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO HEALTH. It is so far in the past that one… 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

Memo to Leafs Nation: Try and Relax

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 4) – I saw it on Facebook this morning. To avoid probable humiliation, I will leave the contributor unidentified. Here was the post (edited for English): “If I’m David Nonis, I let it be known… Read More

Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites. These photos were taken… 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

Leafs Have Rescued Their Season

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 31) – Many times, in this corner, I have talked about how streaks become so critical in the National Hockey League of the 2000’s, where just more than half of 30 teams qualify for the… 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

So THAT’S What It Feels Like

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 12) – Oh, it’s a time-worn cliche alright. But, rarely has it so dovetailed with a game involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Yes, folks, the Leafs indeed got a “taste of their own medicine” here… Read More

Experiment Time For Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 10) – As my crystal ball from yesterday’s blog so accurately predicted, Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was handed a two-game suspension for his hit-from-behind on Boston rookie Kevan Miller late in Sunday’s game at… Read More

A Troublesome Quote

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 9) – Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle sounded as if someone had just released him from a choke-hold during his gathering with reporters after Sunday night’s 5-2 loss to Boston at Air Canada Centre. Whether… Read More
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