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

Leafs Predictable on UFA Tuesday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 1) – Well, if nothing else, Dave Nonis has brought in some different people for Randy Carlyle to scream at and call “brain-dead.” Actually, just two different people: Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas. It’s likely… Read More

Boyle More of a Closer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) – The Maple Leafs have some interest in pending free agent defenseman Dan Boyle – whose rights currently belong to the New York Islanders. But, it’s a scenario that makes minimal sense for the… Read More

Carter Said a Mouthful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 15) – It required 82 regular season and 26 playoff games – 8½ months of grueling hockey – for Jeff Carter to deliver a message to which the Toronto Maple Leafs and their gaggle of… Read More

Pounding the Stastny Drum – Again

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 5) – Though a defensive malaise has been holding back the Maple Leafs for as long as anyone can remember, the club right now is either too small or not skilled enough at the key… Read More

Leafs-Florida Blockbuster?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 2) – It is common knowledge that Florida Panthers are considering offers for the No. 1 pick in the National Hockey League draft later this month at Philadelphia. General manager Dale Tallon has spoken about… Read More

Local Pro Sports Gaining Momentum

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 26) – We begin the final week of May with Toronto Blue Jays the hottest team in Major League Baseball and vivid memory of Toronto Raptors taking Jolly Green Giant-type steps in the National Basketball… Read More

Rundown on Maple Leafs Prospects

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 10) – One of the most thorough hockey publications of the year is the annual “Future Watch” edition of The Hockey News – expertly assembled by my friend, Brian Costello. It was delivered to me… 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
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