Blue Jays, Leafs Providing Good Lesson

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) – Other than baseball observers employed by Rogers Communications, there is universal concession that the Blue Jays have long been out of the playoff hunt in the American League. Understandably, Rogers people (not named Gregg Zaun) are being stubborn – their bosses own the baseball club. But, they aren’t […]

Leafs Hiring Spott On

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 14) – Here’s a prediction: Steve Spott will be the next head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Take it to the bank. Precisely when this will happen remains a mystery but I’m thinking two years at the absolute latest, providing Randy Carlyle serves the entire term of his contract […]

Eastern Conference Deficit is Relative

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 11) – In response to my blog from Thursday suggesting the Maple Leafs are better positioned for a prime draft choice than a playoff spot next season, a cabal of die-hard fans pointed out the comparative debility of the Eastern Conference and how the club could easily stay afloat amid […]

Are Leafs Better, Different… or Neither?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 10) – The question posed in my headline is rhetorical and will probably remain so until the latter portion of next season – which appears to be the time of year the Maple Leafs are most accurately assessed. Given, however, my theory about the team’s incumbent nucleus – and barring […]

Where They Played

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 7) – In a spare moment late last week, I was diddling around on the Internet when I came upon some photos of old Tiger Stadium in Detroit. There was a sequence showing the progressive demolition of the ballpark and my mind reflected to visiting the site and gazing at […]

Leafs, Reimer Need to Settle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 3) – Though it’s been a long time, we’ve seen this act before with the Maple Leafs. The one that features a supplanted No. 1 goalie hanging around in dismay while his general manager works on moving him to another team. It creates a lousy distraction. And, it threatens to […]

Leafs Predictable on UFA Tuesday

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 1) – Well, if nothing else, Dave Nonis has brought in some different people for Randy Carlyle to scream at and call “brain-dead.” Actually, just two different people: Roman Polak and Stephane Robidas. It’s likely Carlyle has already eviscerated Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin – both of whom return. Given […]

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