NHL Source: Season in “Grave Jeopardy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) – The pessimistic tone of the NHL lockout – on the cusp of a bargaining session planned for New York – made a bit more sense to me after chatting, earlier today, with a Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Imagine the Double Celebration

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8th) – I know I’m dreaming a little here, or maybe a lot. But, I keep imagining the environment at the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday night if the NHL Read More

Beware of Dangerous Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 6) – The most menacing game in hockey does not involve slashing, elbowing, high-sticking or bulldozing rival players. It has nothing to do with ice, skates, arenas or private luxury suites. Conducted every eight years Read More

NHLPA Ignoring Reality; Gambling Careers

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 31) – In an effort to corral meaningless public opinion, the National Hockey League Players Association continues to disdain time. Invaluable, irrevocable time. Another “internal” communique this week magically appeared on selected media outlets: “Read More

Why NHL Will Not Re-Locate to Toronto

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) – Do not expect the Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Florida Panthers, or any club bleeding red ink in the National Hockey League to re-locate here in the Greater Toronto Area. It has nothing Read More

Are We Heading Down the Same Path?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 25) – With reasonable hope for an 82-game National Hockey League schedule doused – and assuming there was hope to begin with – it is not incomprehensible that a second entire season could vanish in Read More

Pot of Gold Somewhere?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 19) – If you were driving in the Greater Toronto Area at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, chances are you noticed a breathtaking double-rainbow in the southeastern sky. Perhaps it represented a ray of hope on Read More

P.R. Battle Intriguing Waste of Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) – Until a group of fans and reporters are invited to participate in collective bargaining between National Hockey League players and owners, I will remain mystified over the exertion toward public consent. Once the Read More

Stunning Offer From NHL

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – The conciliatory note that all hockey fans have been craving was sung by Gary Bettman late this morning at a downtown office tower. If the NHL Players Association chooses to hum along, the Read More

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – An optimist would point out that the NHL and NHLPA have broken the 2004-05 lockout pattern by choosing to stay in touch and meet with regularity – in New York or Toronto. A Read More

October Vanishes Late This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 15) – By Friday afternoon at the latest, the National Hockey League will announce it has cancelled a second block of regular-season games – wiping out the remainder of October and the first week of Read More

Phaneuf Could Power the Leafs, If…

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 13) – The magnificent colors of autumn are in peak form right now here in southern Ontario – normally a sign that the National Hockey League is open for business. Sadly, the prevailing color in Read More

Myriad of Friday Sporting Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 5) – Given what I’ve been reading, I believe there’s a lot of wishful thinking about the NHL’s lockout strategy. Many people are still convinced the league will permit stalled negotiations to extend into February… Read More

Players Losing Way More Than Money

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 4) – It’s comforting to know that locked out players in the National Hockey League have secured “rainy day” funds in the event of a protracted interruption. These funds are being augmented by part-time salaries Read More

Yes, a Lockout Ended… Really

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 2) – Sadly, you have to be nearing 30 years of age to remember when a work stoppage in the National Hockey League ended in time to salvage part of a season. But, it did Read More

NHL Season Could Be in Jeopardy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – While there is ample opportunity for the National Hockey League and its players to salvage the 2012-13 season, the calendar could be deceiving. “The two sides are so entrenched in their positions that Read More

How to Stomach NHL Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER NEW YORK (Sep. 13) – In a city renowned for star appeal, the National Hockey League trotted out its biggest names on Thursday afternoon – players and owners separated by a mere three blocks and two high-rise Read More
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