Nothing But Vault

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 30) — Thowback Thursday’s and Flashback Friday’s, so popular among the Facebook crowd, have nothing on me. Particularly when I open the Berger Vault — decorative name for a metal–plated trunk with cedar–wood lining that I purchased at an Army surplus store on Queen St. in 1992. “Vault” sounds better then […]

The Leafs Go-For-Broke Theory

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Mar. 27) — I was in the north part of this city on Thursday with a friend — a self–made, well-to–do man involved in sports who has a close relative playing elsewhere in the National Hockey League. Once we began chatting about the Toronto Maple Leafs, my friend quickly lost his […]

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 […]

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