TORONTO (July 3) — So, we wonder, even more curiously: What did Mike Babcock discuss with Auston Matthews during their post–playoff summit in Arizona? You remember: Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet claiming, after the Maple Leafs were bounced from the opening… Read More
TORONTO (June 25) — This is one man’s opinion and I have some difficulty sharing it.
But, the one man — an amateur scout in the National Hockey League — has been around so long, he remembers watching John Tavares… Read More
TORONTO (June 16) — A cynic would contend it is thoroughly emblematic of this city that our three “least–fashionable” sports teams have won championships in the past 6½ months. No disrespect to the Argonauts, Toronto F.C. or the Marlies, but… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 13) — If I were a betting man, I’d say that John Tavares will re–up with the New York Islanders and spend his prime National Hockey League years playing out of a new arena at Belmont Park Racetrack.… Read More
TORONTO (Mar. 8) — With the National Hockey League trade deadline out of the way and the Toronto Maple Leafs comfortably in a playoff spot, Kyle Dubas is the flavor–of–the–week.
If you’re not sure who Kyle is, don’t fret. He’s… Read More
TORONTO (June 11) — Given multiple reports in the past ten days of their interest in veteran forward Ilya Kovalchuk, it appears the Maple Leafs may not be willing to sit around and “look pretty” next season.
The majority of… Read More
TORONTO (July 15) — In professional sport, as elsewhere in commerce, meaningful negotiation requires perseverance. Under the current Toronto Maple Leafs administration, that may skew more decidedly.
No one involved, however, in the Auston Matthews entry–level talks are astonished, or… Read More
TORONTO (July 6) — We know this much about Auston Matthews: He is “honored.”
“Honored” to be ranked as the top prospect for the 2016 National Hockey League draft.
“Honored” to be part of the annual prospects media tour at… Read More
TORONTO (June 25) — It was no surprise that Auston Matthews wiped Britain’s exit from the European Union off the front page of one local newspaper today, while liberally sharing space with another.
During the Toronto Maple Leafs 100th anniversary… Read More
TORONTO (Nov. 19) — After the all–hands–in pursuit of Mike Babcock over the summer, it may come as a shock that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is reconsidering its commitment to the veteran coach.
“He simply isn’t doing what we… Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (July 15) — The mystery regarding the Maple Leafs and goalie Jonathan Bernier is rather limited given that Bernier will remain property of the club in any eventuality. Last month, the Leafs elected to take Bernier… Read More
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, 1986By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed.… Read More
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
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (Dec. 1) – Once again, Sid the Kid is showing the way.As the NHL lockout approaches 2½ months, hockey fans may be getting tired of the game’s biggest star intimating that he will play in … Read More
By HOWARD BERGERTORONTO (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
Hockey/baseball reporter at THE FAN-590 for 23 years (1988-2011), and original from September 1992 launch of Canada’s first all-sports radio station. Covered Toronto Blue Jays 1992 and 1993 World Series victories. Started with Leafs full time in 1994. Enjoying life with my family (kids Shane and Lauren).