Leafs’ Old Nucleus Still Alive

“Randy Carlyle can coach; Dion Phaneuf can play effectively with lots of ice time and Phil Kessel can score with the best of them. Individually, they would be sound elements of any team in the NHL. As a tandem, and Read More

Does The Shanaplan Prevail?

TORONTO (Apr. 25) — Rapid achievement in professional sport can be intoxicating. And, hauntingly mercurial if not guided by a steady hand. With that in mind, we wonder how the Toronto Maple Leafs might proceed after graduating from the National… Read More

Don’t Count ‘Em Out

TORONTO (Apr. 22) — Yes, the Maple Leaf are down. Facing elimination on Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. But, there is nothing about this scrappy, underdog team that suggests it is done. If the Leafs could arrange to… Read More

Leafs-Capitals Still A Puzzle

TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Well, yes, David hung in with Goliath on Thursday night. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs nearly toppled the behemoth of the National Hockey League in their playoff opener. For the first time in exactly 16… Read More

Only Once — And Never Again

TORONTO (Mar. 15) — This website is blatantly hockey–centric, which belies the fervor with which I followed the National Football League during my teenage years in the 1970’s. What an era that was — with the Miami Dolphins, Pittsburgh Steelers,… 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

The Sky Above The Earth Below

TORONTO (Dec. 25) — I launched this website back in June 2011 to show people that I am able to put together English sentences. Those same people have forever–been more enthralled with the photos I’ve taken while hauling around a… Read More

Connor Who? Auston Who?

TORONTO (Nov. 2) — As so often happens in professional sport when hype trumps expectation, the main characters in Tuesday night’s drama at Air Canada Centre barely made it on stage. This was billed as a showdown between the last… Read More

Oh Jeez, Boston Again

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — We will find out this weekend whether Boston is, once again, a place where a Toronto professional sports team comes to die. For the first time since the fateful, gut-churning night of May 13, 2013, one… Read More

Since the Causeway St. Calamity

TORONTO (May 13) — You remember it well… though you’d surely rather forget. Three years. 156 weeks. 1,096 days. 26,304 hours. 1,578,240 minutes. All passed by 11:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday since the shattering of Leafs Nation. May 13, 2013.… Read More

Leafs Triumverate Dissolved — Finally

The Maple Leafs are pretty much the same and will stay that way until the failed nucleus (of Randy Carlyle, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel) is addressed. — BERGER BYTES, July 10, 2014. TORONTO (Feb. 10, 2016) — And here we… Read More

Bernier’s Baby Has the Scoop

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 18) — Those newby children make for terrific pawns, don’t they? Can’t even say “da–da” yet and their fathers are heading elsewhere in the National Hockey League. What a wonderful world. For those unaware, Martine… Read More

More NHLers Should Emulate Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 18) – Yes, Phil Kessel is a streaky, prolific scorer. No, he will never win the Frank J. Selke Memorial Trophy. And, maybe, he is worthy of his $8 million-a-season price tag with the Toronto… Read More

Leafs Need a Home Streak

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 15) – First, the obvious: Maple Leafs earned (with emphasis on that word) their most meaningful road victory of the 2013-14 season Tuesday night in Boston – and it doesn’t particularly matter that the waning… Read More

Respect For Phaneuf Long Overdue

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 24) – Hey, guess what? In the past couple of days, I have actually heard, and read, that Dion Phaneuf is capable of playing defense in the National Hockey League. Which is evidence that miracles… Read More

Leafs Made the Playoffs This Week

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Though points are bogus and skewed in the overtime/shootout era, Maple Leafs will finally bust their seven-year playoff drought this spring after ending an interminable plague against Boston, garnering three of four points Read More

Another “Oy Vey!” in Beantown

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 20) – It wouldn’t likely require a lot of research to determine whether the Maple Leafs have been slaughtered so regularly by one team in the post-80-game era (since 1974) as they were this season Read More

Carlyle Making Early Difference

By HOWARD BERGER BOSTON (Mar. 19) – Unless he raises the Stanley Cup for a second time, it is inevitable that Randy Carlyle will be fired by the Maple Leafs at some point in the future, making room for the Read More
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