The Leafs And Free Agency: My Take

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 30) – There is good news for the half-dozen or so fans of the Maple Leafs that approach the NHL’s open market pragmatically: the hysteria endemic to these few days will hardly be noticeable next year.   If you think there are slim pickings in free agency this summer, get a load of […]

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 in Older Posts
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The 1993 Doug Gilmour Scrapbook

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 29) – What a trip it’s going to be at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday, November 12th. Forget, for a moment, that the Ottawa Senators are in town that night to face the Maple Leafs, which is always an emotional affair. The real emotion will occur during the pre-game ceremony the […]

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 in Older Posts
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Mike Rupp on Leafs Radar

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 28) – He isn’t the big name fans of the Maple Leafs are salivating over in free agency, but he is big in every other way.   Veteran centre/left-winger Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh Penguins is a player the Leafs are reportedly interested in to fill out the bottom-six grouping in general manager Brian Burke’s forward […]

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 in Older Posts
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Leafs 2011-12 Schedule Rather Insane

By HOWARD BERGER   TORONTO (June 26) - Brian Burke is famous for a number of things, but silence isn’t among them. That’s why the general manager of the Maple Leafs drew a collective chuckle from reporters in Minneapolis the other day when he offered a decidedly anti-Burke response to his feelings about the Leafs’ schedule for next […]

Sunday, June 26th, 2011 in 2011/2012 Season
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Photo Diary of 2011 NHL Draft

By HOWARD BERGER ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 25) – The opening round of the 2011 National Hockey League draft was a bit less eventful than observers predicted. “I thought there would be more trades,” admitted Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who pulled off a couple of deals. “There was a heck of a lot of […]

Friday, June 24th, 2011 in Older Posts
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Leafs Almost Got Liles At Deadline

By HOWARD BERGER   ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 24) – The Maple Leafs acquisition of defenseman John-Michael Liles from Colorado capped off a pursuit that nearly came to fruition at the National Hockey League trade deadline back in March. “Yeah, we were close to making a deal for him; it just didn’t come together,”  acknowledged Leafs associate […]

Friday, June 24th, 2011 in Older Posts
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