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1971 The Berenson - Unger Trade

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1971 The Berenson - Unger Trade

In 1971 the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues made a four player trade. Central figures were Red Berenson and Garry Unger:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...1060%2C1740207

There were various perspectives about the trade:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...3339%2C1727826

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Wow. Bowman saying about Berenson: I'd trade him tomorrow if I could convince the fans.

Then going on about Red's Players Association activity hurting the team. It just shows how ripe the hockey climate was in early 1971 for a rival league to take on the NHL.

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Ya thats something else. New one on me. Sid Salomon there putting the screws to Berenson over that licensing agreement and when he doesnt like the upshoot, BANG, yer outta here, off to the Detroit Doghouse & Ned Harkness.... but still, look what St.Louis got in return? Unger at that time was big deal in the league, showed a lot of potential & promise, smart hockey player. Originally Toronto property, when first called up, Imlach put in between Walton & Armstrong when Keon was injured. Solid player, one-time Iron Man record eventually surpassed by Doug Jarvis. On balance though, getting rid of the Red Baron, the face of the Blues in its formative years rather foolish. Believe there was a game against the Flyers when Berenson scored 6 goals against Doug Favell, and none of them on the PP. Even strength.

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Ya thats something else. New one on me. Sid Salomon there putting the screws to Berenson over that licensing agreement and when he doesnt like the upshoot, BANG, yer outta here, off to the Detroit Doghouse & Ned Harkness.... but still, look what St.Louis got in return? Unger at that time was big deal in the league, showed a lot of potential & promise, smart hockey player. Originally Toronto property, when first called up, Imlach put in between Walton & Armstrong when Keon was injured. Solid player, one-time Iron Man record eventually surpassed by Doug Jarvis. On balance though, getting rid of the Red Baron, the face of the Blues in its formative years rather foolish. Believe there was a game against the Flyers when Berenson scored 6 goals against Doug Favell, and none of them on the PP. Even strength.
Getting Unger long term helped the Blues. Imagine Unger with Dionne.

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Getting Unger long term helped the Blues. Imagine Unger with Dionne.
Ya, strengthening Detroit overall, putting them out there on PP's & PK's etc.
Both Centres. Prolly put Dionne on the Wing, vice-versa in some situations...

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not quite as lopsided as the next time detroit traded an emerging young talent for st. lou's heart and soul. but the blues certainly got a lot out of unger-- and eventually they got berenson back for a song too. too bad federko couldn't also have retired a blue.

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Wow. Bowman saying about Berenson: I'd trade him tomorrow if I could convince the fans.

Then going on about Red's Players Association activity hurting the team. It just shows how ripe the hockey climate was in early 1971 for a rival league to take on the NHL.
Yeah, no kidding.

Bizarre how a deal that was made on such ridiculous pretenses ended up working out so well for St. Louis.

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Unger and Dionne down the middle would have been a fine nucleus to build around. Instead the Wings wound up with Maloney, Harper and Red. Not bad players but not franchise types and the Wings lost both trades at the worst possible time for an organization losing Delvechio and Gordie and needing to find an identity. A certain amount of 20/20 hindsight but losing Dionne and Unger set the Wings back a decade. Of course poor trades continued beyond these two but this was the moment that it all fell apart....

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