Jays Thinking Business Over Strategy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 28) — In the end, there really was no choice. While ferrying the longest playoff drought (21 seasons) of any team in the four major North American sports — and with more than two months remaining in a spotty yet tantalizing season — the Toronto Blue Jays had to go […]

Debunking My Own Myth

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 26) — Perhaps I’ve been caught drinking the Kool Aid. Though it is mid–summer, and thirst can become pervasive, I’ve normally strayed from gulping blue–and–white beverage. But, maybe not this time. In my Friday blog, I began by marveling (gushing?) over the collective experience of the Toronto Maple Leafs front […]

Leafs Motor Along As Usual

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 24) — If you believe that success or failure begins at the top of any company or enterprise, the Toronto Maple Leafs will end the longest Stanley Cup drought at some point in the foreseeable future. At no juncture in their 98–year history have the Leafs been as top–heavy as […]

Lamoriello Will Not “Mentor” Anyone

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 23) — Put your hands up, all of you that anticipated Lou Lamoriello would be named “new” general┬ámanager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (stunned expressions; arms at side). I thought so. Count me vehemently among you. If the Maple Leafs can turn it around on the ice as spectacularly as […]

Leafs, Bernier Still Negotiating

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 15) — The mystery regarding the Maple Leafs and goalie Jonathan Bernier is rather limited given that Bernier will remain property of the club in any eventuality. Last month, the Leafs elected to take Bernier to arbitration under Article 12.9 K (ii) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The only matters […]

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