My, How Times Have Changed

TORONTO (Nov. 12) — Do you remember when the Maple Leafs were cannon–fodder for the Boston Bruins? It wasn’t particularly long ago; well within the past decade… and I’m not even referring to the infamous playoff melt–down of May 2013… Read More

Where Do The Leafs Turn?

TORONTO (Feb. 22) — Yes, Tuesday night’s free–for–all at the Air Canada Centre provided wonderful entertainment for those in attendance and many others watching on TSN. Jake Gardiner scored in overtime to give the Maple Leafs a 5–4 victory over… Read More

Leafs Planning For 2020

TORONTO (Jan. 12) — It is a wonderful and rather uncomplicated time to be a fan of the improving Toronto Maple Leafs, whose youngest and most–dynamic players are skating under entry–level salary restriction. None of Connor Brown, Zach Hyman, Nikita… 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

Leafs Summer Eerily Quiet

TORONTO (Sep. 6) — News over the Labor Day weekend that goalie Frederik Anderson would miss roughly four weeks with an “upper–body” injury generated barely a ripple in this hockey–crazed market. Which thoroughly jibed with one of the quietest Maple… Read More

Rielly Contract Enlightening

TORONTO (Apr. 13) — It was good asset–management today by the Maple Leafs to lock up a pair of their most important players for the next six years. Center Nazem Kadri and defenseman Morgan Rielly — each selected early in… Read More

Leafs Are Still Two Bricks Shy

TORONTO (Apr. 11) — The question was raised to all parties involved with the Toronto Maple Leafs: “How much longer?” As in, “when can we expect the turn toward contention?” Quite a loaded inquiry, I submit, of the 30th–place club… Read More

While I’m Thinking of It…

TORONTO (Nov. 24) — Some random observations for a Tuesday night: I will hardly break news by identifying the resiliency of the hockey market here in Toronto. While there’s a limit to just about everything in life, no–such boundary exists… Read More

Debating the Leafs — Two Weeks Later

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) — Where on Earth did time go? As I was penning the headline to this blog, I nearly wrote, “Debating the Leafs — One Week Later.” Then it hit me: The Connor McDavid draft… Read More

These Are… The Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) — Amid the Department of New Presidents; the Department of Analytics and the Department of New Third and Fourth Lines, the Leafs look an awful lot like the Department of Wreck–Creations. Which is a Read More

Hasn’t It “Groan” Old?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 28) — If I had $100 for every groan from a Maple Leafs player about the unpalatable Air Canada Centre climate, my down-payment on the Bridle Path would have long ago been submitted. And, I’m Read More

Not Much For $180,926.83

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 26) — It was one game, still very early in the schedule, but it felt like a re-run of The Wizard of Oz. I never get tired, mind you, of watching Dorothy; the Scarecrow; the Read More

The “Forgotten” Leafs Angle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 1) – If one were to rank media/fan chatter about the Maple Leafs during training camp and exhibition games, it would likely evolve something like this: 1) Factoring injury, how the revamped third and fourth-line… Read More

Leafs Fans Watching REAL Hockey

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 20) – If you aren’t altogether sure of the immense gulf that exists between the Maple Leafs and any of the Stanley Cup contenders, watch Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. After two minutes, you’ll… Read More

Keeping Hope For the Leafs (in Yiddish)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Yes, I know. The headline to this blog may as well read ASTRONAUTS LAND ON THE MOON or SMOKING COULD BE DETRIMENTAL TO HEALTH. It is so far in the past that one… Read More

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can… Read More

July 1, 2012: Burke’s Finest Moment

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 6) – If a ballot were distributed to fans and media asking for the most valuable player on the Maple Leafs this season, James Reimer, Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul would show up Read More

Carlyle Recovering From Scare

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 3) – The National Hockey League – though reluctantly – is still planning on a second game in the Toronto Maple Leafs-Boston Bruins opening-round series.  A forfeit had been considered when doctors found Randy Carlyle Read More
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