Leafs Empty-Seat Mania

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 26) — Imagine how destitute the tall foreheads at 60 Bay St. must be today. A paltry 18,366 tickets sold for Monday night’s meaningless National Hockey League game against the Minnesota Wild and the sky is crumbling at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Gimme a break. All it showed, Monday, […]

Leafs Goaltending Probably Intact

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 22) — With the Maple Leafs apparently in the midst of a cataclysmic overhaul, the club’s most important position could look familiar next season. Goalies Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer are tethered to the Leafs — Bernier as a restricted free agent and Reimer in the second of a two–year […]

To Peter Horachek: I Was Wrong

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 20) — On the afternoon of Feb. 7, after another dreadful, unresponsive performance at New Jersey the previous night, I wrote in this space that the Maple Leafs should fire their second coach in just more than a month. Peter Horachek had assumed the role upon the dismissal — Jan. […]

Will Leafs Match Dubious History?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 16) — It has been quite awhile since the Maple Leafs endured a clean sweep on a three–game journey to Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton — which will be the club’s fate tonight should it lose in regulation time to the Oilers at Rexall Place (9:30 EDT,¬†Sporstnet¬†). The last–such blight occurred […]

You Think THIS Is Embarrassing?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 12) — Among the myriad issues debated throughout this frightful Toronto Maple Leafs season is ranking it amid the many–such disasters in team history. A subjective exercise, to be sure; much like rating the National Hockey League’s best–ever players. To have seen them all, one must now be among the […]

Incidents Like WHAT, Brendan?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 11) — So, Nazem Kadri has now been suspended by the Maple Leafs for two more games — ineligible to play until Saturday night’s visit to Vancouver. We know Kadri was late for a team meeting Sunday, which led to coach Peter Horachek scratching him for Tuesday night’s loss to […]

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