Hey Mike: Edmonton? Buffalo? Toronto?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 24) — For the sake of argument, let’s assume that Mike Babcock will not return next season as coach of the Detroit Red Wings. This has been pure speculation since October, when Babcock’s self–imposed deadline for a contract extension with the Red Wings came and went. He said he would […]

Leafs Need an Ice Magnet

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 21) — Let’s not be mistaken. The Toronto Maple Leafs will ultimately succeed in their hunt for a new general manager and coach. There are only 60–such jobs available in the National Hockey League, and this city — for all its craziness — is still an attractive place to work […]

Rangers/Ducks Will Play For Stanley Cup

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) — Start spreadin’ the news. For the second consecutive spring, the New York Rangers will encounter a team from southern–California in their quest to win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1994 — and only the second time in 75 years. This spring, the Rangers will succeed. […]

Would Leafs Give Babcock Control?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 12) — In the National Football League, it’s called “Black Monday” — 24 hours after the final regular–season games in early–January when lousy teams jettison managers and coaching staffs. “Black Sunday” has occurred here in Toronto with the Maple Leafs, who fired general manager David Nonis and interim head coach […]

Leafs Catastrophe Finally in the Books

By HOWARD BERGER ***BREAKING NEWS (Noon Sunday): Leafs have fired GM David Nonis and head coach Peter Horachek. News conference Monday.*** TORONTO (Apr. 12) — It was like watching the final hour of the 2011 federal election here in Canada. Incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper led his Progressive Conservative Party to a landslide majority government […]

Ballard Anniversary Rather Apropos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) — This is a silver anniversary in need of much polish. The 2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs will mercifully expire tonight against Montreal at the Air Canada Centre — 25 years (and several hours) after Harold Ballard went stiff. Yup, it was late in the day on Apr. 11, 1990 […]

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