44 Leafs Notes and Opinions

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) – As a way of commemorating each spring since the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup final appearance in 1967, I offer you these 44 thoughts:  1) I’ve seen a lot of bad Leaf teams over the past 40-plus years, nearly three-quarters of that time spent as a reporter covering […]

Friday, March 30th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Has It Been Worse For Leafs Since ’67?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 28) – When discussing the post-Stanley Cup years here in town, it is generally acknowledged that the “lost decade” of the 1980s under Harold Ballard represents the deepest valley in Maple Leafs history. And for those, like myself, who remember the Ballard rot, it is difficult to pose a counter-argument. […]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Official End For Leafs Could Come Tuesday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) – Figurative elimination from the Stanley Cup playoffs for a seventh consecutive season occurred during the Maple Leafs 1-9-1 death-spiral in February. Literal elimination – that which involves mathematics – could happen as early as Tuesday night, when Toronto, Buffalo and Washington are in action. Trailing the eighth-place Capitals […]

Monday, March 26th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Reimer Rolls Back the Clock

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 24) – It will rank among the most unusual conquests of 2011-12 for the Maple Leafs, but we all know that beggars can’t be choosers. After serving up those consecutive-night turkeys against Boston and the Islanders, the Leafs would have taken a forfeit here in New Jersey on Friday – […]

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Komisarek: The Players Care

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – While writing a blog two weeks ago in this corner, I suggested the Maple Leafs should consider buying out the final two years of Mike Komisarek’s hefty contract. The veteran defenseman has struggled for the most part in his three seasons in blue and white; he carries a […]

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Media Burden Just Another Excuse

By HOWARD BERGER NEWARK (Mar. 23) – Countering the oft-heard argument that the Maple Leafs are “victimized” by the Toronto media is remarkably easy. All one has to do is assemble a list of professional teams that have won championships in the past decade while performing beneath an identical spotlight. Consider, for example, several of […]

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