Carlyle Deserves Respectful Departure

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 16) – I am of two minds when it comes to the Maple Leafs muddled coaching situation. On one hand, I think Brendan Shanahan has already made his first mistake as president of the club by dithering – if even for 72 hours. Barry Trotz is available and probably not […]

Shanahan: Good First Impression

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 14) – It required roughly 15 seconds to gauge the difference between presidential introductions – from Brian Burke’s inauguration with the Maple Leafs on Nov. 29, 2008 to Brendan Shanahan’s official crowning earlier today. It would be simple and not particularly fair to dump on Burke with the benefit of […]

An Audience With Ron and Don

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 13) – Several hours before the Maple Leafs said goodbye for the season, my children – Shane and Lauren – had the privilege of saying hello to Ron MacLean and Don Cherry. Lauren had been pestering me for some time to meet the famed Hockey Night In Canada duo and […]

Why Shanahan Instead of Gilmour?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) – Tim Leiweke may have a grandiose vision for Brendan Shanahan within the upper reaches of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, but I can tell you this: Long-suffering fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs couldn’t give a hoot about Shanahan’s potential impact on the business of sport in this […]

All Bets Off With Shanahan’s Arrival

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 11) – Maple Leafs have commemorated the 24th anniversary of Harold Ballard’s death with new life in the form of Brendan Shanahan. History will determine whether the acquisition of another high-profile president marks a turning point for the franchise or a level of redundant bureaucracy. When Ballard died on Apr. […]

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Apr. 10) – Yes, indeed, disillusioned followers of the Toronto Maple Leafs: The sun did come up on Hump Day this week, roughly nine hours after the fat lady sang her last note in Tampa. In fact, it was a gorgeous Wednesday here in the Big Smoke – with crystal-clear sky […]

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