TORONTO (May 22) — As part of his popular, weekend–notes column on Sunday, Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun posed an interesting question: “In watching [William] Nylander playing alongside Nicklas Backstrom [with Sweden at the World Hockey Championships], I couldn’t… Read More
“Randy Carlyle can coach; Dion Phaneuf can play effectively with lots of ice time and Phil Kessel can score with the best of them. Individually, they would be sound elements of any team in the NHL. As a tandem, and … Read More
TORONTO (May 6) — If I were Lou Lamoriello, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs, my thought–process during the summer would be two–fold: a) hoping that the elite youngsters on the hockey club can follow up their rookie efforts in… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 26) — There will be no Draft Lottery suspense in Leafs Nation this year, after the club finished 14th in the overall NHL standings — up 16 notches from last season — and improved by 26 points. The… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 23) — Everywhere you turn in this city, hockey fans are sure the Maple Leafs have a profusion of confidence heading into Game 6 tonight against the Washington Capitals. And, why not?
The buoyant underdog has stayed with… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 19) — Losing Game 4 at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday night was hardly an impossibility for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Losing as they did, however, could not have been predicted.
For one of the few times in… Read More
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
TORONTO (Apr. 16) — As is common in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Maple Leafs–Washington series will likely be determined by goaltending. And, there is virtually nothing to choose from between Frederik Andersen and Braden Holtby after two games —… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 16) — First, the not–so surprising: The Washington Capitals, after another season of 115–plus points in the vastly–competitive Metropolitan Division, are life–and–death to be tied, 1–1, with the wild–card Toronto Maple Leafs after two games of the opening… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 10) — No, the Washington Capitals will not lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
After all, the Stanley Cup playoffs never begin with the second round.
Beyond that, maybe… just maybe… this is the year that Ovie and… Read More
TORONTO (July 20) — When Phil Kessel told Sportsnet–590 on June 15 that he would likely bring the Stanley Cup to our city, many figured his incentive was to stick it up the old wahzoo of Leafs Nation.
The multitudes… Read More
TORONTO (Apr. 6) — Once the Maple Leafs finish their National Hockey League schedule on Saturday in New Jersey, many eyes around here will focus on the American Hockey League Toronto Marlies.
Freshly re–stocked with returning players from the NHL,… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 23) — Eastern Canada is safe from the Toronto Maple Leafs but the prairies, foothills and coastal regions are deeply imperiled. The National Hockey League’s dandiest outfit north of the border could soon become third–best in the nation.… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 12) — The kids in Blue and White are looking mighty fine — so fine, that a banner in the Toronto Sun on Friday referred to Zach Hyman as a “Leafs sensation.” For the record, Hyman — a… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 3) — There may be an unspoken element among the players acquired by Lou Lamoriello in the days before the National Hockey League trade deadline. Given the Maple Leafs prevail in a vacuum of leadership, perhaps the long–time… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 1) — Let me begin today by emphasizing that I trust Brendan Shanahan, Lou Lamoriello and the Toronto Maple Leafs hierarchy. It consummated a plan last summer; effectively sold it to the Board of Maple Leaf Sports and … Read More
The Maple Leafs are pretty much the same and will stay that way until the failed nucleus (of Randy Carlyle, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel) is addressed. — BERGER BYTES, July 10, 2014.
TORONTO (Feb. 10, 2016) — And here we… Read More
TORONTO (Jan. 14) — Wow, that didn’t take long.
Here we are in mid–January and the “playoff–bound” Toronto Maple Leafs are suddenly left for dead. An email from an ardent — now inconsolable — fan of the Blue and White… Read More
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).