Dave Hodge Still “The Man”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) – Canadian broadcasting legend Dave Hodge is less than 15 years older than me, yet it seems that I’ve been watching him on TV forever. Hodge was a spry 26 years of age when he took over from Ward Cornell as Toronto intermission host on Hockey Night In Canada […]

Reimer Won’t Cause Trouble

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) – Any reporter or columnist that plans to engender a fuss at training camp over the Maple Leafs’ goaltending situation ought to think twice. First of all, James Reimer is way too intelligent to embroil himself in controversy. And second, Reimer understands he is profoundly fortunate to occupy one […]

Stamkos Perfect Goal For Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 23) – Two years. Twenty-four months. 730 days. That’s roughly how long the Maple Leafs have to move up the National Hockey League ladder and prove they are on track toward contending for the Stanley Cup. If somehow achievable in that brief juncture, the club may be poised to land […]

Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dubas is young (28) and was highly touted as a junior hockey […]

The “Toronto Collapse” – Part 1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 18) – “Wait.” For more than a few years, the above-mentioned word – by itself – has become an habitual reply among sports fans in this city. Hey, the Blue Jays are the hottest team in baseball – winning 20 of 24 games. Edwin Encarnacion is unstoppable. “Wait.” How about […]

Internet Mania is Tragically an Epidemic

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 17) – Do I think the Leafs should trade Dion Phaneuf? At some point, absolutely. Not because the team’s most recent collapse was his fault alone but rather because the other two elements of a failed nucleus – Randy Carlyle and Phil Kessel – appear to be going nowhere. Ultimately, […]

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