Leafs Will Battle Only Themselves

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 25) — Truth be known, and despite popular opinion, our city has long provided the most amenable climate in which to build a contending team in the National Hockey League. It’s those entrusted the chore that have been unwilling and/or unable to properly assemble components on behalf of the Toronto […]

My Hockey Tales (Reader Discretion Advised)

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) — Yes, I do receive emails — and not infrequently — from people who recall my storytelling days on radio. I offer them a vow, roughly once per year, to re–post this initial blog of hockey tales. Please keep it from your grade–school children. And, please enjoy: FRANTIC LEAFS COACH: This […]

Leafs to Come Full Circle in Raleigh

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 20) — The elation of Leafs Nation ended just more than two months ago. Right where the club resides at this very moment. Nobody knew it at the time but Raleigh, North Carolina would become a burial site for the Maple Leafs. What seemed like a temporary lull of indifference […]

To Be Phil Kessel

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 12) — If you’re certain that 10 million dollars can buy happiness, it may be wise to check with Phil Kessel. While generations of future Kessels will never be found on a street corner — cap in hand — the family patriarch won’t likely be remembered as a joyous individual. […]

Are Predators Chasing Fast Phil?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 11) — Requesting tolerance from a fan of the Maple Leafs is like asking the Pope for a Communion wafer. Only the sages can tell us which custom is older. That said, it may be more important than ever for followers of the Blue and White to retain (or acquire) […]

Clarkson a Convenient Scapegoat

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 10) — After “guiding” the Maple Leafs to 11 consecutive losses, interim coach Peter Horachek figured it was time to get tough. He removed $4.75–million of payroll and $5.25–million of salary cap from his degenerate line–up. As if by magic, the “new–look” Maple Leafs ended their month of misery by […]

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