Admissions: 1985 – 2012

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Feb. 24) – While scavenging through my apartment locker last week, I came upon a bag of media credentials dating to more than a quarter-century – most of of them accumulated during my 23-year term as a reporter at The FAN-590, Canada’s first all-sports radio station (now Sportsnet-590). They re-kindled memories […]

Nonis May Have to Trade Reimer

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 27) – First, let me be clear in acknowledging the Maple Leafs are okay right now. While banking 13 of 16 points in their past eight games, the team is trending upward in the Eastern Conference and has surged past the suddenly-abysmal Montreal Canadiens for third place in the Atlantic […]

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 6) – It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year: Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle. Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll […]

Bernier Resuscitating Leafs

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Jan. 1) – Message to Leafs Nation: I don’t want to say I told you so. But… dammit, I TOLD YOU SO! Time and again in this corner – and as recently as ten days ago (here: 1cLn3ll) – I have strongly implored Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle to stop with the revolving goalie nonsense. […]

Can Kessel/Phaneuf Leafs Win Cup?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Dec. 28) – David Nonis has thrown down the gauntlet. Like Brian Burke – his mentor and predecessor as general manager of the Maple Leafs – Nonis is wagering that Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf can lead Toronto out of Stanley Cup purgatory for the first time in nearly half-a-century. And, […]

Has Nonis Made a Mistake?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Nov. 23) – When considering the best general managers in the National Hockey League, where would you rank David Nonis of the Toronto Maple Leafs? Among GM’s currently employed, deference would have to belong – for obvious reasons – to those that have won multiple Stanley Cup titles: Ken Holland in […]

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