Are Leafs Using Smoke and Mirrors?

TORONTO (Nov. 30) — So, if we were warned — two months ago today — that William Nylander and Mitch Marner would succumb to the usual sophomore difficulty (a combined six goals in 26 games); that Auston Matthews would miss… Read More

Leafs Need To Extend Lamoriello

TORONTO (Mar. 2) — Exactly how the Maple Leafs will be generally managed beyond next season may or may not be a topic of internal debate at the Air Canada Centre. Lou Lamoriello, destined for the Builders’ wing in the… Read More

Still Turnbull’s Mark 40 Years Later

TORONTO (Feb. 1) — On Nov. 11, 1981, just more than eight years after breaking into the National Hockey League, Ian Turnbull left Toronto in a trade with the reputation, among local media, of being irascible, sardonic and uncooperative. If… Read More

It Is The Blues’ Turn — Finally

TORONTO (May 11) — You may or may not be reading it here for the first time. But, I’m going to write it for the first time: When National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman presents the 2016 Stanley Cup next… Read More

Shedding Gorillas

TORONTO (Apr. 27) — It was “get even” time in the Stanley Cup playoffs this week. The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues disposed of their prime nemeses — throwing wide open the quest for the 2016 National Hockey… Read More

Should the Leafs “Wait” For Tavares

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Yes, you’re probably chuckling at the headline to this blog. Truth be told, so am I. That said, however, weren’t we all chuckling two years ago at the notion of Steven Stamkos leaving the Tampa Bay… Read More

Leafs Message Distorted

TORONTO (Jan. 18) — Though unlikely given the match–ups, it may happen as early as Tuesday night. The “much–improved” Toronto Maple Leafs could assume sole possession of 30th place in the National Hockey League. It would require a Leaf loss… 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

Kings of the Road Up 2-0 Again

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (May 1) – As the embodiment of an unmistakable trend in the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring, the Los Angeles Kings would probably choose to remain here in St. Louis for Game 3 of their Read More

Hitchcock vs. MacLean: Good Luck!

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 30) – Full props to those that nominated the finalists – announced earlier today – for the Jack Adams Trophy as coach-of-the-year in the National Hockey League. Ken Hitchcock of St. Louis; Paul MacLean Read More

Kings Prevail After Deadly Mid-Day Storm

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 29) – Though it was hardly a foreign sight to those that live here in the American mid-west, the darkening sky above this city late yesterday afternoon had “ominous” written all over it. The Read More

Carlo Aches For the Leafs – Really

By HOWARD BERGER ST. LOUIS (Apr. 28) – Perhaps he was talking disingenuously this morning; snickering on the inside while spouting a load of politically-sound claptrap as he prepared for Round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. But, nah… Carlo Read More
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