As It Should Be

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — It is officially and undeniably crunch time for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Not unexpectedly, the quest for a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference has come down to the final weekend of the regular season and… Read More

Babcock Angle Overplayed

TORONTO (Apr. 2) — I begin this blog with somewhat of a contradiction: Though I believe Mike Babcock should be among the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as National Hockey League coach–of–the–year, I do not believe he is the… 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

Eastern Scout: “Leafs Should Draft Hanifin”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) — “In any other draft year, I firmly believe that Noah Hanifin would be the top–rated prospect. He is that good.” Appropriately, and barring an unforeseen development, the Eastern Conference bird–dog that provided me… Read More

Berger Bytes Photos – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 1) – As I come toward the third anniversary of this (ahem) vaunted website, it’s time to pour through the images of my trusty Nikon and share with you my favorites. These photos were taken… Read More

JVR is MVP

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 8) – Let’s exclude goalies from this conversation because only a divine presence knows where the Maple Leafs would be without Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer. Among those that skate beyond the immediate vicinity of… Read More

Leafs Must Capitalize at Home

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) – There is no bigger compliment I can offer the Maple Leafs than to say the club reminded me of the Pat Quinn era during its perfect road trip this week. For those who Read More

How to Stomach NHL Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER NEW YORK (Sep. 13) – In a city renowned for star appeal, the National Hockey League trotted out its biggest names on Thursday afternoon – players and owners separated by a mere three blocks and two high-rise Read More

Luke Schenn in Orange

TORONTO (AUG. 4) – LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE DOUBLE THE FUN FOR LUKE SCHENN WITH HIS NEW TEAM, AS HE’LL TRADE HIS NO. 2 LEAFS JERSEY FOR NO. 22 WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS. IN ABOVE PHOTO, LUKE IS FLANKED… Read More

Headline Writers Blow It, Big-Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 24) – For one of the few occasions I can remember, local newspaper headlines mislead hockey fans in this city – out of naivety and carelessness. “LEAFS TRADE FOR BRAWN” screamed the front page of Read More

Luke For JVR Good Hockey Trade

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out. Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign 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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