These Are… The Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) — Amid the Department of New Presidents; the Department of Analytics and the Department of New Third and Fourth Lines, the Leafs look an awful lot like the Department of Wreck–Creations. Which is a remarkably convoluted way of suggesting the old bromide that “the more things change, the more […]

Don’cha Stop Nothing?

Going round and round… ’cause you can’t get on your feet; Going round and round… still taking all the heat. – Ric Ocasek, The Cars, 1986 By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 18) — Oh, it was just what he needed. James Reimer couldn’t stay on his feet and he took all the heat for the […]

Um, We’ve Seen This Before

By HOWARD BERGER BUFFALO (Nov. 16) — The organist at First Niagara Center pounds out the beat to “Let’s Go Buffalo!” before virtually every face-off. Perhaps he might play Deja Vu — the old song by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — next time the Toronto Maple Leafs are in town. It mattered not, here […]

Burns’ Widow Has No Regret

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 15) — It was Hall of Fame Media Day on Friday afternoon and a couple of Pats were missing – both former coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hall of Fame chairman Pat Quinn was home in Vancouver, battling illness, while 2014 inductee Pat Burns was spoken about┬áposthumously; represented by […]

Heady Times at MLSE

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 10) — After a glorious weekend in which the Maple Leafs and Raptors combined for four victories, you can bet there are plenty of smiles at 60 Bay St. today. Profits aside, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment hasn’t had much to celebrate in recent years, so a Friday-to-Sunday clean sweep […]

Could YOUR Zaidi Be a GM?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 8) — The Los Angeles Dodgers, earlier this week, hired a 37-year-old Zaidi as their new general manager. Where I come from, that’s an awfully young Zaidi. You see, Zaidi (or Zaida) is a popular and affectionate name for a Jewish person’s grandfather. I once had two Zaidi’s: Sam and […]

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