NHL Scout: “Leafs in a perfect spot”

TORONTO (Apr. 21) — If you’re an avid follower of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you will recognize the two most significant games played by your hockey club in the past ten years. Clearly, and despite the ignominious result, Game 7… Read More

Meltdown Against Beantown

TORONTO (Apr. 9) — Where have we seen this before… a Toronto professional sports team coughing up apparent–to–certain victory against a rival from Boston? Okay, the stakes weren’t nearly as high on Friday night as during the Causeway St. Calamity… Read More

Lou’s Date With The Devil

TORONTO (Apr. 8) — Neither on his death–bed nor at gunpoint would Lou Lamoriello admit what is now certain — that he’d be content with a regulation–time loss against his former club in Newark on Saturday. One can only imagine… Read More

Lamoriello Will Not “Mentor” Anyone

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 23) — Put your hands up, all of you that anticipated Lou Lamoriello would be named “new” general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (stunned expressions; arms at side). I thought so. Count me vehemently… Read More

Leafs Streak Will Finally End

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 6) — Hate to say it, Leaf fans, but your team will actually win a hockey game tonight. That’s “win” — W-I-N — defined by Dictionary.com as: “to finish first in a race, contest, or … 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

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

Stanley Cup Game 5 Prelude

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – As always, it was a busy morning around the rink on game day, as the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings prepped for their latest Stanley Cup battle tonight. L.A. gets a Read More

L.A. Kings (and Sutter) Relaxed

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 9) – Though I’ve been around the Los Angeles Kings for nearly two months, having covered each of their games in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs, I do not profess the same familiarity as those Read More

Not in OUR Lifetime

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (June 3) – Though I’ll stop short of saying “never again”, I can virtually assure any person old enough to be reading this passage that you will not witness, for a second time, what has happened Read More

Media Frenzy at The Rock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (May 30) – Players, coaches and managers of the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings gathered with reporters on the Prudential Center concourse Tuesday afternoon for Stanley Cup Media Day 2012. It was a well-organized 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

Komisarek: The Players Care

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – While writing a blog two weeks ago in this corner, I suggested the Maple Leafs should consider buying out the final two years of Mike Komisarek’s hefty contract. The veteran defenseman has struggled Read More
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