Centenary Whining

TORONTO (Feb. 13) — The bitch–and–moan meter is off the charts around here with news that Los Angeles and Chicago — during the Maple Leafs 100th anniversary season next year — have been awarded two of the most–coveted National Hockey… Read More

Leafs Motor Along As Usual

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 24) — If you believe that success or failure begins at the top of any company or enterprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at some point in the foreseeable… 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 Make Superb Deal For Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 1) — Happy Canada Day, Leafs Nation. Your team can now begin wobbling toward contention under Mike Babcock. The new, much–celebrated coach made it clear while negotiating his monster, eight–year deal that the Leafs could… Read More

Leafs Deserve Full, Unconditional Credit

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 21) — For reasons that aren’t difficult to comprehend, the Toronto Maple Leafs and skepticism have long–been intertwined. When you hold the existing record for lengthiest championship drought in a professional league, distrust and apprehension… Read More

Can You Imagine?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 1) — Given that it’s April Fools Day, why not take a dive into pure fantasy? As a tortured Toronto Maple Leafs zealot, how would you like to read this somewhere down the road? DROUGHT… Read More

Is Leafs Hierarchy Set in Stone?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 31) — Beneath the grim acknowledgement that another hockey season has withered away was a seminal column this week authored by prolific TSN storyteller Rick Westhead, outlining that Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has chosen… Read More

Crunch Time Will Define Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 6) – The Maple Leafs have successfully completed their first mission of the new season – winning five of eight exhibition games while incorporating half-a-dozen new players. Add in $3.00 a man and the entire Read More

No Enforcer For Maple Leafs?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) – A fan of the Maple Leafs will notice quite a change in the hockey club this season if the 23-man roster evolves as projected. For the first time in 40 years, the team… Read More

Leiweke Is Nobody’s Fool

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 15) – The dictionary draws a bold line between the definition of a “fool” and the act of being “foolish.” A fool is a “silly or stupid person.” A foolish individual “shows a lack of… Read More

Whoo! Did Leiweke Say a Mouthful

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 13) – You pretty much had to know the departure of Tim Leiweke from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment – no matter how protracted – would be, well… entertaining. And, without question, full of candor.… Read More

Leafs Nail It With Legends Row

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 7) – Of all the storied names in Toronto Maple Leafs history, an argument can be made that the two living players most beloved by fans of all ages were honored outside the Air Canada… Read More

Toronto Ownership Blahs – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 4) – The tale of professional sporting woe in this city has continued unabated through the winter, spring and summer months of 2014 with a few different twists and turns, but the same result: Mediocrity… Read More

What Happens After Leiweke?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 22) – So, Tim Leiweke hangs around long enough as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to oversee structural and cultural change in the hockey department. He bids adieu, ideally in his mind, with… Read More

Leafs Undergoing Enormous Change

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 21) – As training camp for the 2014-15 National Hockey League season approaches, the Toronto Maple Leafs are changing in an unprecedented way. Any such transformation on the ice would naturally be welcomed by fans… Read More

Eastern Conference Deficit is Relative

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 11) – In response to my blog from Thursday suggesting the Maple Leafs are better positioned for a prime draft choice than a playoff spot next season, a cabal of die-hard fans pointed out the… 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
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