Burke Should Cartwheel For Brodeur

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 30) – So, here’s the deal as it stands on the cusp of free agency: Maple Leafs are poised to head into next season with one significant change. James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. Decent upgrade at a grossly shallow position yet not nearly enough to prevent a) abject uneasiness, yet […]

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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What a Few Hours For Pat Quinn

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 27) – It was brief; simple, yet spellbinding TV. As it does with everything related to its signature property, TSN absolutely nailed coverage of Tuesday’s announcement from the Hockey Hall of Fame that Pavel Bure, Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin will be inducted in the Class of 2012. Profoundly […]

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Will Top-Scoring Leaf Receive Ultimate Honor?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 25) – Though he’s among a marvelous cast of first-time eligible players, one of the greatest-ever Maple Leafs will raise nary an eyebrow if he enters hockey immortality on Tuesday. Mats Sundin, nestled without challenge atop the Leafs all-time scoring list, could be a member of the Hockey Hall of […]

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Headline Writers Blow It, Big-Time

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 24) – For one of the few occasions I can remember, local newspaper headlines mislead hockey fans in this city – out of naivety and carelessness. “LEAFS TRADE FOR BRAWN” screamed the front page of the Sunday Toronto Star. “JVR: FINALLY SOME TRUCULENCE” gushed the Sunday Sun. May I present to you […]

Monday, June 25th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Luke For JVR Good Hockey Trade

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (June 23) – Given his tenure as GM of the Maple Leafs, Brian Burke made a move today that will likely pan out. Trading has been bold and mostly productive since Burke assumed the managerial reign from Cliff Fletcher, and dispatching Luke Schenn to Philadelphia eliminates one of the few remaining […]

Sunday, June 24th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs, Leafs Photos
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Kings of the NHL… Finally

By HOWARD BERGER LOS ANGELES (June 12) – Here’s to you, Jack Kent Cooke. Four-and-a-half decades after a Canadian business tycoon won the bidding war for a National Hockey League expansion team in southern California, Cooke’s baby – the Los Angeles Kings – raised the Stanley Cup for the very first time. Staples Center here […]

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 in 2011/2012 Season, Blog, Hockey News, Leafs
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