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December 6, 1983 Michael Farber Column - Canadiens and Bob Berry

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December 6, 1983 Michael Farber Column - Canadiens and Bob Berry

1983 Michael Farber column about the 1983-84 Canadiens and Bob Berry:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...1304%2C3035711

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January 16, 1984 Column, Red Fisher - Bob Berry and the Canadiens

January 16, 1984, Red Fisher contributes his views on the Bob Berry led Canadiens:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2226%2C2762003

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February 24, 1984 Canadiens Fire Bob Berry

February 25 story:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2868%2C2033199

Red Fisher Column February 27:
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2887%2C3890868

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Interesting character. Nickname was "Crease". Didnt even break into the NHL as a player until well into his 20's however when he finally did, All Star one year, and a none too shabby points to games played ratio. He was the guy who put together the famed Triple Crown Line in LA.... like LA though, in Montreal, never made it past Round One. Same sort of thing followed in Pittsburgh though there I believe they failed to make the playoffs...


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Interesting character. Nickname was "Crease". Didnt even break into the NHL as a player until well into his 20's however when he finally did, All Star one year, and a none too shabby points to games played ratio. He was the guy who put together the famed Triple Crown Line in LA.... like LA though, in Montreal, never made it past Round One. Same sort of thing followed in Pittsburgh though there I believe they failed to make the playoffs...
Finished his coaching career with app two seasons in St. Louis 1992-93 and 1993-94.

Probably the last of the outstanding three sport athletes from the Island of Montreal. Was offered minor league contracts by MLB teams,
played semi pro football with the Quebec Rifles. Played junior in the Canadiens system with Verdun and Peterborough then entered Sir George Williams where he played for Paul Arsenault one of the great Canadian University coaches. Graduated, played for the National Team, in the AHL before making the NHL.

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Probably the last of the outstanding three sport athletes from the Island of Montreal.
Ya very interesting. Was completely unaware of his resume' until you'd started these threads, looked him up. The circuitous route he'd taken, road less travelled. No recollection of him as a player. Not unimpressive either really. Some decent points totals there. Apparently a solid enough Left Winger, two way, played under Pulford in Los Angeles which explains a bit, both in reflecting upon his career as a player & Coach.

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January 16, 1984, Red Fisher contributes his views on the Bob Berry led Canadiens:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...2226%2C2762003
Red was wrong on this one. The coaching change led to a big playoff run. I thought Berry did pretty good despite the early playoff exits. He inherited a team in decline and had some good regular seasons. The 82 series against Quebec could have gone either way and the 83 series against Buffalo really showed the lack of depth in the organization.

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Red was wrong on this one. The coaching change led to a big playoff run. I thought Berry did pretty good despite the early playoff exits. He inherited a team in decline and had some good regular seasons. The 82 series against Quebec could have gone either way and the 83 series against Buffalo really showed the lack of depth in the organization.
After the Olympics the Canadiens added Chris Chelios - check his playoff contribution and Steve Penney - likewise. Also first year Canadiens Bobby Smith and Mats Naslund were fully integrated by the playoffs.

http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/MTL/1984.html


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After the Olympics the Canadiens added Chris Chelios - check his playoff contribution and Steve Penney - likewise...
Ya, Steve Penney there. Remember him in the 83-84 Playoffs. Sensational. Walmsley & Seveigny in Montreal but one of them got injured so as reserve brought up Penney from from Nova Scotia where he was actually 3rd on the depth charts. Didnt really play all that well in the final handful of games but regardless got the start against Boston in the Playoffs, wins that series 3-0, then beats the Nordiques in 6 games, finally bowing out against the Islanders. Montreal mustve thought they had another Dryden on their hands, signing him to a 3yr one way contract. Gets injured next season, doesnt ever really re-gain his form, eventually losing his job to Patrick Roy who goes on to win the Cup in 86.

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Both Farber and Fisher refer to the Habs having a mediocre defense and Berry having to play the hand he was dealt. I'm guessing both writers viewed the Langway/Engblom/Jarvis trade as a lousy deal.

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Both Farber and Fisher refer to the Habs having a mediocre defense and Berry having to play the hand he was dealt. I'm guessing both writers viewed the Langway/Engblom/Jarvis trade as a lousy deal.
Green and Walter, received in return, were keepers. Basic issue was that a number of the young players drafted or acquired between Sam Pollock and Serge Savard may have had raw talent but were lacking other attributes of a professional hockey players - smarts, work ethic, dedication, abstinance, etc.

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