Shanaplan Worked, But It’s Over

TORONTO (May 19) — I find it intriguing that the majority of Maple Leaf fans are so fervent about “trusting the process” — a virtual slogan as it pertains to the hockey club. The “process”, of course, is a synonym… Read More

Leafs Will Scare Capitals

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

Where Do The Leafs Turn?

TORONTO (Feb. 22) — Yes, Tuesday night’s free–for–all at the Air Canada Centre provided wonderful entertainment for those in attendance and many others watching on TSN. Jake Gardiner scored in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 5–4 victory over… Read More

Lamoriello Will Be “Cautious”

TORONTO (Feb. 16) — A Western Conference executive in the National Hockey League told me today that he doesn’t expect the Toronto Maple Leafs to be particularly active before the Mar. 1 trade deadline. “I’m fairly certain that Lou [Lamoriello]… Read More

The Shattenkirk Question

TORONTO (Feb. 2) — It happens every year around this time. An elite player, staring at unrestricted free agency, is on his way to the Toronto Maple Leafs. After all, who wouldn’t wish to ply his trade in the center… Read More

Oliver Ekman–“Leafs”son?

TORONTO (Nov. 22) — In their interminable quest to secure a legitimate, No. 1 defenseman, the Maple Leafs could be eyeing Oliver Ekman–Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes. So says one of my Phoenix bird–dogs. “This is for later in the… Read More

Leafs Pursuing Shattenkirk?

TORONTO (June 16) — He’s a right–handed shot with offensive flair and he’d be a No. 1 or 2 defensemen on many teams in the National Hockey League. But, is Kevin Shattenkirk a proper fit for the Maple Leafs? According… Read More

It Is The Blues’ Turn — Finally

TORONTO (May 11) — You may or may not be reading it here for the first time. But, I’m going to write it for the first time: When National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman presents the 2016 Stanley Cup next… Read More

Centers of Attention

Busted flat in Baton Rouge; waiting for a train… And I’s feelin’ near as faded as my jeans. TORONTO (May 7) — I was cruising along a highway north of the city the other night when Janis Joplin’s 1971 anthem,… Read More

Cows, Sharks and Charles Dickens

By HOWARD BERGER SAN JOSE (Dec. 21) — ‘Tis the season to be confused. Don’t feel badly if you haven’t a clue about the headline to this blog. Saturday here in the San Francisco Bay Area was quite the mixed… Read More

Gunnarsson Always Undervalued

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – The trade of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday morning generated shock-value equal to a 2.5-magnitude earthquake. In other words, it hardly registered. Which effectively summarizes the half-decade-long term… Read More

Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll… Read More

It’s Ugly in Them Chairs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – To be honest, I don’t remember, prior to Tuesday night, the last time I sat among spectators to watch the Maple Leafs play at Air Canada Centre. It may have been Dec. 3,… Read More
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