Will Freddy Be Ready?

TORONTO (Mar. 27) — Something is wrong. Whether it’s resulting from a late–season slump or a factor more ominous, Frederik Andersen has lost his way between the pipes for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That, alone, is hardly unfamiliar. Andersen’s performance… Read More

Nothing Matters Until Apr. 11

TORONTO (Mar. 26) — Whether the Toronto Maple Leafs demolish a team with no defensive posture (Florida), or get demolished by the best regular–season club in more than a generation (Tampa Bay), it is elementary for another two weeks. Until… Read More

Are the Leafs Good Enough?

TORONTO (Feb. 22) — One game remains. Saturday night. Against rival Montreal at Scotiabank Arena. The proverbial “four–pointer” in the Atlantic Division. And, a final opportunity for Kyle Dubas and Co. to evaluate the roster before Monday’s National Hockey League… Read More

Leafs–Blues “Still In Touch”

TORONTO (Jan. 29) — Kyle Dubas made a solid move on Monday by acquiring defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings. Muzzin is, by no means, a difference–maker, but he does perform somewhat aggressively and should complement Morgan Rielly… Read More

Babcock Needs a Playoff Win

TORONTO (Jan. 28) — Given the mammoth contract (eight years, $50 million) he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on May 21, 2015, it could seem incomprehensible for someone other than Mike Babcock to coach the hockey club next season.… Read More

So, Who Can Kyle Trade?

TORONTO (Jan. 20) — Let’s begin this blog with process of elimination: Kyle Dubas, rookie general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, promised William Nylander — publicly — that he won’t be traded “as long as I’m running the hockey… Read More

Obie Ended Our Longest Drought

TORONTO (Aug. 28) — Less than two months after his 75th birthday, Bob O’Billovich has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His statue should one day be erected in Nathan Philips Square. The biggest sports names in… Read More

These Blue Jays Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) — It is official. At no point in their 39–season history have the Toronto Blue Jays so thoroughly dismantled an opponent over the course of three games. It happened this weekend in Anaheim against… Read More

How Will Sportsnet Fare?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 21) — Friday night and David Price. It’s becoming a date, isn’t it? A week ago, when Price took the mound against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays were trying… Read More

Leafs to Wear Multiple Jerseys For Centennial

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 19) — Taking a page from their most storied rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs will brandish a number of historic uniforms during their 100th anniversary season in 2016–17. Two licensing sources tell me the Maple… Read More

Richard Peddie Was Right

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 14) — The words rang hollow from one of our city’s most shrewd and reviled executives — often accompanied by a smirk that people interpreted as wry and disingenuous. Years later, however, the Toronto Blue… Read More

How Much Can Bernier Prove?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 4) — Moments before a scheduled arbitration hearing this week, the Maple Leafs and No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier agreed on a two–year contract extension worth $8.3 million. It was promptly suggested that Bernier would… Read More

The ‘Toronto-60’

UPDATED ANUALLY, HERE IS A RE-POST OF THE NOW 60 MEN THAT HAVE TENDED GOAL FOR THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS SINCE THE 1967 STANLEY CUP TRIUMPH: By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 25) – Today marks 46 years, eight months and Read More

Vintage Hockey Jerseys – MY Collection

RE-POST: FROM JANUARY 2012 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 21) – The proliferation of “throw-back” jerseys in the National Hockey League began in 1991-92, when the six pre-expansion teams (Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York Rangers, Toronto) celebrated the NHL’s… Read More

Alyn McCauley Remembers 2002

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 13) – Though the passage of time seems to accelerate with age, it is nonetheless difficult to believe that a full decade has gone by since the Toronto Maple Leafs last appeared in the Stanley Read More

Boston Beat-Downs Defined Leafs Season

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Apr. 11) – Welcome to the home of the Presidents’ Trophy, where a reporter from Toronto traveled more than four-and-a-half hours by air on Tuesday to watch the nearest Canadian team begin the Stanley Cup playoffs Read More

Burke Scuffling But Not a Failure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 9) – Brian Burke’s post-season address to the media is being anticipated around here much like the fireside radio chats of Franklin Delano Roosevelt during World War II. FDR had an uncanny ability to comfort Read More

Phaneuf Pounding Overzealous

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 7) – Once the regular season ends for the Maple Leafs tonight in Montreal, perhaps a Gallup poll could be taken to determine which member of the organization has endured the ultimate horse-whipping. Final candidates Read More
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