Leafs: Be Careful With JVR

TORONTO (Oct. 29) — His name is bandied about haphazardly, as if the Leafs have a ready–made clone. Trade conjecture involving James van Riemsdyk does not emanate from a source within the team; Lou Lamoriello would strangle any–such person. It… Read More

Through The Lens: Leafs vs. Florida

TORONTO (Oct. 28) — Though twice trailing on the scoreboard, the Maple Leafs performed very efficiently during Thursday night’s 3–2 victory over Florida at the Air Canada Centre. As with most coaches, Mike Babcock likes his team to be “hard… Read More

NHL No. 4 Draft History

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) — The relevance of this blog increases chronologically and the purpose is to have some fun. As we know, the National Hockey League draft — even at the highest level — is often a… Read More

More on Leafs Trade Banter

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 4) – Continuing to nose around here in the weeks before the National Hockey League draft at Philadelphia, I spoke earlier today with the prominent scout of a Western Conference team – the same person… Read More

Darn Those Olympics

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 9) – Golden sunsets, white-sandy beaches and exotic islands notwithstanding, if there’s a team in the National Hockey League that requires a 19-day break less than the Toronto Maple Leafs, please let me know. Playing… Read More

Has Nonis Made a Mistake?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 23) – When considering the best general managers in the National Hockey League, where would you rank David Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Among GM’s currently employed, deference would have to belong – for… Read More

Leafs Worst Game Since Before Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Nov. 3) – No, the Maple Leafs did not sweep a western-Canada road trip for the first time since March 2000. In fact, it wasn’t even close. Leafs had a couple or three lousy performances in… Read More

Mid-Summer Hockey Fix – Crosby Style

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 12) – With the recent gathering of Canadian juniors in Lake Placid, and NHL training camps opening in roughly one month, I thought I’d post a little hockey reminder – one that is sure to… Read More

Ch… Ch… Ch… Changes

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8th) – I can guarantee you that all fans of the Vancouver Canucks are muttering some form of “it figures” today. Whatever else they may be muttering cannot be printed here. A dismal Read More

Defense, Coaching Begins in Goal

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 7) – It ranks among the oldest of hockey cliches: “Give me a good goalie and I’ll show you a good coach.” Bench masters from any era will be the first to agree. Toe Blake Read More

Intervention Unlikely in Lockout

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 16) – Unquestionably, the labor dispute between NHL players and owners would benefit from a neutral third party – as would any stalled negotiation. A domestic quarrel, for example, is frequently resolved by a relative Read More

Leafs Will Trade James Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 2) – If speculation about Roberto Luongo joining the Maple Leafs comes to fruition – as I firmly believe – James Reimer will change uniforms as well. It likely will not be as part of Read More

Luongo Would Add Class, Savvy to Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) – International acclaim and salary notwithstanding, there are comparisons to be made between Alex Rodriguez and Roberto Luongo – two men, apparently critical to their team’s success, cast aside at the defining juncture of Read More

Myriad of Friday Sporting Thoughts

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 5) – Given what I’ve been reading, I believe there’s a lot of wishful thinking about the NHL’s lockout strategy. Many people are still convinced the league will permit stalled negotiations to extend into February… Read More

Burke Not Content With Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 20) – For Brian Burke, the summer of 2012 has been all about tempering expectation. The Maple Leafs’ general manager made a couple of modest additions and suggested – rather strongly – that no further 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

Leaf Fans Don’t Know Pressure

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 20) – There is absolutely no intrigue or unpredictability in the Toronto hockey market anymore. It has been so long since the Maple Leafs qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs that perspective has been Read More

Could Lui Be Toronto-Bound?

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (Apr. 18) – Professional sport is volatile at the best of times and often unpredictable, as teams waver with decisions and policies. But, it appears the Vancouver Canucks made a final “break” with Roberto Luongo Read More
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