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 […]

Leafs Still Need Franson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – There’s a lot of flippant chatter about how the Maple Leafs have signed Cody Franson to a one-year contract as a matter of convenience. As if the club is so indisputably deep on the blue line it can afford to play games with a 6-foot-5 inch defenseman still just […]

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, […]

“By the Time We Got to Woodstock…”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 16) – Jesus, I’m old. How many reading this remember where they were at 9:32 a.m. EDT 45 years ago today? If they were around 45 years ago today? I didn’t think so. At the moment in question, I was standing with a transistor (or portable) radio on the grounds […]

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