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 of the club after eight playoff misses in the past nine years, though I might […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 4

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 15) – If you live in this city and look up the word “collapse” in the dictionary, the subliminal mind imagines a blue-and-white Maple Leafs logo. The reason is simple: While other Toronto teams suffer acute collapses – during the span of a week or in a particularly important game […]

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 […]

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