A Question Ignored

TORONTO (July 31) — With Leafs Nation ominously assuring itself that all draft components will remain in place beyond 2019, and media wondering if the addition of Patrick Marleau indicates the club is “going for it” now, here’s a question… Read More

Of Course, Leafs Can Stand Pat

TORONTO (June 29) — On Sunday afternoon in Chicago, moments after the 2017 National Hockey League draft, Lou Lamoriello sat alongside Mark Hunter and did what only he can do to perfection. Engaging and cooperative, the Maple Leafs general manager… Read More

Leafs Planning For 2020

TORONTO (Jan. 12) — It is a wonderful and rather uncomplicated time to be a fan of the improving Toronto Maple Leafs, whose youngest and most–dynamic players are skating under entry–level salary restriction. None of Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita… Read More

Goaltending Angst Intensifies

TORONTO (Oct. 25) — Yes, it’s true: There are fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs that have already written off Frederik Andersen as the solution to an interminable goaltending conundrum. After only four starts in the first two weeks of… Read More

Early Leafs Observations

TORONTO (Oct. 21) — Nine days ago, hours before the 2016–17 National Hockey League season, I wrote a blog in this corner entitled LEAFS WILL SIZZLE… THEN FIZZLE. It was my contention that the young, talented and energetic team assembled… Read More

Andersen To Become No. 63

TORONTO (June 26) — On the night of Saturday, Oct. 14, 1967, when the Chicago Black Hawks visited Maple Leaf Gardens to begin the expansion era in the National Hockey League, Johnny Bower started in goal for the home team.… Read More

Andersen Brings A Resume

TORONTO (June 21) — Given how often the Maple Leafs have swung and missed in recent years with apparent goaltending saviors, it is easy to be skeptical about the club’s latest procurement. Examining the situation more closely, however, can lead… Read More

Ron Wilson, Where Are You?

TORONTO (Dec. 2) — As I write, today, I am repeatedly checking the “live look” website of Mount Rushmore to note which president (George Washington or Abe Lincoln) will stand beside the Garret Sparks carving. Upon news of the historic,… Read More

Is Reimer Truly a No. 1?

TORONTO (Nov. 14) — We can say this much for James Reimer: He is the only puck–stopper the Toronto Maple Leafs have deployed in the post–2005 lockout era to provide the team a stretch of dependable work. Literally, the lone… Read More

Bernier’s Baby Has the Scoop

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) — Those newby children make for terrific pawns, don’t they? Can’t even say “da–da” yet and their fathers are heading elsewhere in the National Hockey League. What a wonderful world. For those unaware, Martine… Read More

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern… Read More

Has It Been Worse For Leafs Since ’67?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the “lost decade” of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for Read More

Another “Oy Vey!” in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 20) – It wouldn’t likely require a lot of research to determine whether the Maple Leafs have been slaughtered so regularly by one team in the post-80-game era (since 1974) as they were this season Read More

Could Ron Wilson Be Snickering?

By HOWARD BERGER WASHINGTON (Mar. 12) – Ron Wilson wouldn’t be the type to enjoy the blundering of his former team, would he? Who among us could possibly imagine ol’ Ronny cashing the bi-weekly portion of his $2-million severance cheque Read More

Playoff Undertaker Poised For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 11) – Somewhere at the Verizon Center in Washington early Sunday evening will be a bugle all polished up and ready to play Taps for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Though the Leafs will still be Read More

Incredible Swing Possible For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – Though many are convinced – justifiably – that playoff aspiration is no longer within reach for the Maple Leafs, this weekend could easily determine the club’s fate. Toronto and Washington each play on Read More
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