Leafs Stumble Into Madhouse on Madison

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – There was no evidence of the Maple Leafs at the United Center this morning, and fans of the reeling club are likely fearful the same could apply after 8 o’clock tonight. Having chartered here after last night’s debacle against Florida, the Leafs canceled their usual morning skate and […]

Leafs Reminiscient of Early-’96

By HOWARD BERGER CHICAGO (Feb. 29) – Since the early part of my career in radio, I have refused to advocate a person losing his job. If others wish to do so, that’s fine – there’s no right or wrong, it’s simply a matter of preference; and having lost my own job last summer after […]

For Burke, Head Must Prevail Over Heart

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 26) – Trying to imagine the raw disappointment coursing through Brian Burke right now is no simple task. As recently as 19 nights ago, it appeared the Leafs’ general manager had finally assembled a playoff-worthy collection – his club, returning to full health for the first time this season, in […]

Sunday, February 26th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos

Leafs Jittery Until Too Late

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – In the days of wooden hockey sticks, we might have suggested the Maple Leafs were squeezing sawdust out of their lumber during much of Thursday night’s visit to the Air Canada Centre by San Jose. Not knowing what a player could squeeze out of today’s composite stick (graphite-dust?), […]

Friday, February 24th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos

Temper Your Imagination, Leaf Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) – If it were up to others, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke would pull the trigger on a significant deal before the NHL trade deadline to: a) Transform his slumping team into an instant Stanley Cup contender; b) Sustain a pattern and reputation of high-level activity involving prominent players; […]

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season

Leafs/Canucks on Different Planets

By HOWARD BERGER VANCOUVER (Feb. 19) – If it weren’t so utterly predictable, it might be appropriate to express alarm over the Maple Leafs total capitulation at Rogers Arena on Saturday. But, why waste our time? Even the most rabid follower of the Blue and White understood that confronting the white-hot Vancouver Canucks in their […]

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