Leafs Go One Better Than Blues

New boss; same as the old boss. — From Won’t Get Fooled Again — The Who By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) — After a full and exact month of searching, the St. Louis Blues found their coach on Tuesday.… Read More

Why Blame the NHL?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 13) — I knew Steve Montador. And I liked Steve Montador. It was impossible not to. You simply had to meet the guy. I was accorded that opportunity in San Jose, Calif. on May 9,… Read More

Leafs Lacking “Hockey I.Q.”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 4) — Though demeaning and likely counterproductive, perhaps Randy Carlyle was onto something when he called his Maple Leaf players “brain dead” last season. In earlier years, when Carlyle played defense here in Toronto, he… 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

Don’cha Stop Nothing?

Going round and round… ’cause you can’t get on your feet; Going round and round… still taking all the heat. — Ric Ocasek, The Cars, 1986 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.Read More

Leafs Nail It With Legends Row

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 7) – Of all the storied names in Toronto Maple Leafs history, an argument can be made that the two living players most beloved by fans of all ages were honored outside the Air Canada… Read More

Are Leafs Better, Different… or Neither?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) – The question posed in my headline is rhetorical and will probably remain so until the latter portion of next season – which appears to be the time of year the Maple Leafs are… 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

What Should Maple Leaf Fans Expect?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) – Welcome, officially, to summer. Every year at this time – prior to the National Hockey League’s “silly season” – fans in the big markets begin to dream in technicolor. This market, in particular,… Read More

Carlyle Was Bang On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 19) – Anyone remotely familiar with this corner will know that a) I am not Randy Carlyle’s No. 1 supporter among current or former members of the media; b) that I’m a huge James Reimer… Read More

Reimer Trade Talk Grossly Premature

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) – Let me begin by asserting, once again, that I believe Jonathan Bernier will soon evolve into the undisputed No. 1 goalie with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was obtained by general manager David… Read More

Leafs Didn’t Just “Flirt” With Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 5) – Several hours after the National Hockey League’s king of goaltenders re-signed with the New Jersey Devils last week, I spoke to one of the more prominent executives in the game and was told Read More

Burke Should Cartwheel For Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 30) – So, here’s the deal as it stands on the cusp of free agency: Maple Leafs are poised to head into next season with one significant change. James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. Decent Read More

Devils Still Have Life, But…

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 10) – Relax, southern California… the Hollywood script is unfolding. It wouldn’t be appropriate for a team to dominate the Stanley Cup playoffs the way the Los Angeles Kings have this spring and win the Read More

Devils Sputter, Then Escape

By HOWARD BERGER SUNRISE, Fla. (Apr. 27) – In the the second intermission of last night’s deciding playoff encounter between the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers, I passed Bryan McCabe in the press box at BankAtlantic Center. “Is this Read More

Reimer Rolls Back the Clock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 24) – It will rank among the most unusual conquests of 2011-12 for the Maple Leafs, but we all know that beggars can’t be choosers. After serving up those consecutive-night turkeys against Boston and the Read More

No Evidence of “Guru” in Francois Allaire

By HOWARD BERGER TAMPA (Mar. 14) – Am I the only person beginning to wonder how awful the Leafs would be if they didn’t have a goaltending consultant? Or, for that matter, what a goaltending consultant actually does? This is Read More
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