Gunnarsson Always Undervalued

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – The trade of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday morning generated shock-value equal to a 2.5-magnitude earthquake. In other words, it hardly registered. Which effectively summarizes the half-decade-long term of Gunnarsson in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform. He was just kinda there. When the […]

Leafs Should Look Hard at Komarov

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 27) – Clearly, the terms have to be reasonable. If Leo Komarov is looking for a five-year contract to return to the National Hockey League, there aren’t likely to be many suitors. If, however, the 25-year-old Russian is willing to accept a three-year offer, he’ll be extremely popular on July […]

Admissions: 1985 – 2012

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – While scavenging through my apartment locker last week, I came upon a bag of media credentials dating to more than a quarter-century – most of of them accumulated during my 23-year term as a reporter at The FAN-590, Canada’s first all-sports radio station (now Sportsnet-590). They re-kindled memories […]

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern Conference and has surged past the suddenly-abysmal Montreal Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic […]

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) – It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year: Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle. Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll […]

Bernier Resuscitating Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 1) – Message to Leafs Nation: I don’t want to say I told you so. But… dammit, I TOLD YOU SO! Time and again in this corner – and as recently as ten days ago (here: 1cLn3ll) – I have strongly implored Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to stop with the revolving goalie nonsense. […]

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