Does The Shanaplan Prevail?

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Rapid achievement in professional sport can be intoxicating. And, hauntingly mercurial if not guided by a steady hand. With that in mind, we wonder how the Toronto Maple Leafs might proceed after graduating from the National… Read More

The “C”–Word is Dirty

TORONTO (Apr. 19) — No, I am not referring to that C–word. Head out of the gutter, men. Every bit as vulgar, however, in the context of professional sport is the term “choke” — which yours truly deployed in the… Read More

Leafs-Capitals Still A Puzzle

TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Well, yes, David hung in with Goliath on Thursday night. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly toppled the behemoth of the National Hockey League in their playoff opener. For the first time in exactly 16… Read More

Leafs Concerned About Burke

TORONTO (Apr. 29) — The Calgary Flames have sent their Irish good–luck charm to our town in an arcane attempt to wrest the 2016 National Hockey League draft lottery from the “favored” Toronto Maple Leafs. His name? Brian Burke. And,… Read More

Leafs Are Still Two Bricks Shy

TORONTO (Apr. 11) — The question was raised to all parties involved with the Toronto Maple Leafs: “How much longer?” As in, “when can we expect the turn toward contention?” Quite a loaded inquiry, I submit, of the 30th–place club… Read More

Lost Decade For Maple Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 6) – I am certain the Chicago Blackhawks will tell you their Stanley Cup victory last spring was no less thrilling than in 2010. So, it may not be fair to point out the Toronto… Read More

There’s No Duplicating Coach’s Corner

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 30) – Why even try? An odd consensus seems to have formed since Tuesday’s blockbuster announcement that Rogers Communications will control Canadian TV rights to the National Hockey League for 12 years, beginning next season.… Read More

Leafs Will Trade James Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 2) – If speculation about Roberto Luongo joining the Maple Leafs comes to fruition – as I firmly believe – James Reimer will change uniforms as well. It likely will not be as part of Read More

Stanley Cup Game 5 Prelude

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – As always, it was a busy morning around the rink on game day, as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings prepped for their latest Stanley Cup battle tonight. L.A. gets a Read More

Roenick Remembers the “Dagger”

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (May 5) – First there was stunned silence… and then just silence – year after year after year: the epitaph of the post-lockout Toronto Maple Leafs. In the late-’70s, as part of a craze surrounding Read More
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