Personnel Still Matters Most

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (July 22) – As Hall-of-Fame executive Cliff Fletcher might say: “Analytics Shmanalytics.” Time of course will tell, but the hiring of Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager would seem to be a progressive move by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dubas is young (28) and was highly touted as a junior hockey […]

What Could Leafs Get For Dion?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 12) – I guess David Nonis is reading my drivel. Or, maybe not. Bottom line is, I began vouching for a Dion Phaneuf trade in this corner on Mar. 31 – a full 42 days before Sunday night’s monster Tweet from Nick Kypreos suggesting the Leafs general manager is “shopping” […]

When Might the Trilogy End?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – In his popular weekend notes column, my friend Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun wrote, “Randy Carlyle can’t coach anymore – or so many of his critics contend.” I have no idea whether Steve considers me among those critics or pays attention to anything I write. For the […]

Love Your Mother… While You Can

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 11) – I WROTE THIS BLOG FIVE YEARS AGO ABOUT LOSING MY MOM TO CANCER IN LATE-1995. I HAVE POSTED IT EVERY MOTHER’S DAY SINCE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. PLEASE LOOK IT OVER AND EMBRACE THE MESSAGE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. TORONTO (May 8, 2009) – In this […]

Culture Change Starts Where?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 9) – To me, there can be only one explanation. It was a fluke. A convergence of powerless ineptitude that snowballed out of control. A plunge thoroughly atypical of an otherwise resolute cadre of professional hockey players. One that couldn’t possibly repeat itself. I am referring, of course, to the […]

Carlyle Gets Two-Year Extension

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 8) – It appears, at the moment, the Maple Leafs hired Brendan Shanahan so he could help convince general manager David Nonis to fire Randy Carlyle’s assistant coaches. If so, mission accomplished. In what has to rank among the least-earned rewards in recent Toronto hockey annals, Carlyle was today given […]

Leafs Will Be the Same With Carlyle

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (May 5) – Methinks the Toronto Raptors stole some hearts the past couple of weeks – and not by accident. For a brief time, this was an all-basketball city. With the Maple Leafs golfing (as usual); the Blue Jays’ arson squad blowing monumental leads and new-and-improved Toronto FC looking like old-and-decrepit […]

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