Babcock to Leafs? Why?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Amid the Week 2 hysteria in Leaf Land, I have a prediction: Mike Babcock will stay right where he is and re-sign with Detroit Red Wings. That won’t go over well here in the city of shattered dreams but it makes too much sense. Sorry, Toronto, for the […]

Carlyle Pining For 2013

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 17) — I have finally determined why Randy Carlyle gave up on his No. 1 goalie after two games: Lockout Season Syndrome. It previously impacted the coach when Matt Frattin and Leo Komarov were re-acquired in the summer and it indicates how dreadfully Frattin must have performed in training camp […]

Burying a Local Legend

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 16) — I figured that if Ralph Platner made the effort to come to my Bar Mitzvah, I could go to his funeral. Invitations were sent to neither of us and the events were separated by 42 years, eight months and ten days. But, we both showed up. And in […]

The Orr-Gretzky Debate

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 14) — For the past 30 years, veteran hockey people have delightfully quibbled over choosing between Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky as the greatest all-time player. I say delightfully because any person, such as myself, that was privileged to watch both careers in the National Hockey League understands he is […]

Local Hospitals On Alert

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 12) — The nimrod that threw his Toronto Maple Leafs Winter Classic jersey onto the ice Saturday at Air Canada Center – and, yes, thank-you Nick Beverley for such an enduring term – couldn’t possibly have been so tormented by the second of an 82-game schedule. Beverley, subbing as coach […]

Paralysis By Analysis

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Oct. 10) — Let’s see now… what have we learned about the Toronto Maple Leafs after one whole game of the 2014-15 season? Well… ♦ The top line of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk couldn’t check a suitcase nor can Fast Phil be trusted with a golden, late-game […]

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