Blue Jays Now a Fantasy

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 18) – Though disheartening for baseball fans across Canada, the plight of the Toronto Blue Jays is not a mystery. When you get hammered by teams ahead of you and cannot beat clubs beneath you, options become limited. For example: During their most recent visit to American League contenders out […]

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 […]

Gunnarsson Always Undervalued

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – The trade of defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday morning generated shock-value equal to a 2.5-magnitude earthquake. In other words, it hardly registered. Which effectively summarizes the half-decade-long term of Gunnarsson in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform. He was just kinda there. When the […]

Was Sundin Trade Leafs Best Ever?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 25) – Saturday evening, when the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is being cleaned up from two days of National Hockey League drafting, will mark one of the more significant anniversaries in Toronto Maple Leafs history. Around the supper hour, it will be 20 years from the moment Cliff Fletcher […]

Road Slog Highlights Leafs Sked

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 22) – It was six months ago this evening that our city was being blasted by an ice storm for the ages. Six months from tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have just begun one of the great schedule typhoons in team history. I haven’t looked at the calendar of […]

What Should Maple Leaf Fans Expect?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 21) – Welcome, officially, to summer. Every year at this time – prior to the National Hockey League’s “silly season” – fans in the big markets begin to dream in technicolor. This market, in particular, hungers for any morsel of information – real or imagined – that may augment the […]

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