Leafs Must Have a Plan

TORONTO (June 28) — Imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs in three years with John Tavares, Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner all making beyond–entry–level cash; with a Norris Trophy–caliber defenseman eating up close to $10 million in cap space… Read More

Leafs Have Skill… Right?

TORONTO (Feb. 24) — It is the great paradox of the youthful, energetic and revitalized Toronto Maple Leafs: Provide the slick shooters gobs of open ice or a clean break on the opposition goalie. And then, far–more often than not,… Read More

Another Cautionary Tale

TORONTO (Dec. 23) — How unusual it was, still, to see the once–proud Colorado Avalanche looking so downtrodden and hopeless against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. A 6–0 loss at the Pepsi Center flattered the home team while cementing… Read More

Leafs Summer Eerily Quiet

TORONTO (Sep. 6) — News over the Labor Day weekend that goalie Frederik Anderson would miss roughly four weeks with an “upper–body” injury generated barely a ripple in this hockey–crazed market. Which thoroughly jibed with one of the quietest Maple… Read More

Tyson Barrie a Superb Option

TORONTO (July 4) — In their quest to obtain a legitimate No. 1 defenseman, the Toronto Maple Leafs may not find a better candidate than 24–year–old Tyson Barrie. But, the question remains: Why would the Colorado Avalanche not move heaven… Read More

“By the Time We Got to Woodstock…”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 16) – Jesus, I’m old. How many reading this remember where they were at 9:32 a.m. EDT 45 years ago today? If they were around 45 years ago today? I didn’t think so. At the… Read More

Is NOW the Time For Stastny?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 8th) – Hey, folks, with Colorado Avalanche in town and Dave Nonis, according to motley speculation, evoking Jake Gardiner’s name around the league, perhaps the Leafs GM will find a quick way to land his… Read More

Stastny Another Terrific Option For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 18) – At some point before next season, the Maple Leafs will be obliged to spend between $5 and $6.5 million to add strength up the middle. That’s pretty much a given. As mentioned in Read More

Hall of Fame Induction Too Important

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 13) – With the NHL lockout approaching its third month, concern developed in some quarters that the labor squabble would diminish Monday night’s Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony. Not a chance. If anything, it allowed 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

What a Few Hours For Pat Quinn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 27) – It was brief; simple, yet spellbinding TV. As it does with everything related to its signature property, TSN absolutely nailed coverage of Tuesday’s announcement from the Hockey Hall of Fame that Pavel Bure, Read More
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