Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bernier's big debut

From San Jose to Buffalo, Steve Bernier had quite a first game as a Sabre last night:
“It was awesome,” he said of the crowd. “You hear, ‘One, two, three . . . ’ the number of goals. It’s awesome. They follow the game here. They know what hockey means, and that’s what I like about it.”
Bernier's always had that potential, scoring 30-plus goals in four consecutive seasons in the QMJHL with Moncton, and he's going to really be embraced in western New York.

Sabres fans feel better about trading Brian Campbell today.

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At 12:58 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous said...

Bernier is definately a nice pick up, and so was Smith for Tampa.

I saw it pointed out today that the Leafs got more for a fourth/fifth defenseman as the Canadiens did for a legitimate starting goaltender. Is it time for a What in hell was Gainey thinking discusion?

At 2:24 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger Dennis Prouse said...

My theory on Gainey is that he didn't want to deal Huet to a divisional rival. It's the only explanation I can think of, given that Ottawa would have almost certainly paid more than a 2nd rounder for Huet...

At 3:32 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous said...

My take on it was that the deal was made for a throw in to sweeten the deal for Hossa, and then Waddell got a last minute offer from the Pens.

At 4:06 p.m., February 28, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

I am not a Sharks fan, but I live in San Jose and attended games from time to time. I would say that the fans in San Jose are pretty passionate. Not the general population of San Jose, but the hockey fans do love their team a lot.

At 4:17 p.m., February 28, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bernier was probably projecting Ron Wilson's ability to take all joy out of the game on to the fans.
Here's hoping the Sharks crash and burn in the first round and they fire that tool.


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