NHL Source: Mediation Could Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 27) – The no-effort aspect of the NHL lockout – exponential as the days and weeks accumulate – is to disdain any form of confidence in a resolution. Elevating one’s hope for a truce between owners and players can be hazardous, especially among those that recall the bitter disappointment of […]

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No Shame in Rooting For Argos

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 26) – Oddly enough, in a city where champions come to die, there is life today. The first major-league conquest in Toronto since 2004 may not have been captured by the most popular team in town – just as it wasn’t back then. Winning all the marbles in an eight-team […]

NHL, NHLPA Long Ago Hit V-1

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 22) – I always enjoy the insight of my friend and mentor, Pierre McGuire, who has forgotten more about hockey than most will ever know. And, I agreed entirely with Pierre when he told viewers on TSN that the NHL and NHLPA “should never have gotten this far” in the […]

Nuclear Winter “Still Avoidable”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 21) – As the emotional pendulum of the NHL lockout continues swaying to and fro, there is still abundant opportunity for the owners and players to bridge their differences. But, time is running short. “What the Players Association put forth today does not contain the parameters of a deal and […]

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Study in Violence: Leafs vs. Flyers 1976

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 20) – My Lord, was it a sweat-box in Maple Leaf Gardens. Thirty-six years and seven months ago, yet burned into memory. Stanley Cup playoff games lasting more than 3½ hours. The battling, underdog Leafs against the brawling champions from Philadelphia. Sittler, Salming, McDonald, Turnbull challenging Parent, Clarke, Barber, MacLeish. […]

NHL Source: Season in “Grave Jeopardy”

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 19) – The pessimistic tone of the NHL lockout – on the cusp of a bargaining session planned for New York – made a bit more sense to me after chatting, earlier today, with a high-placed league source. “Unless the players come off their stance on contract issues in the […]

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