Canucks acquire Bernier
Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the club has acquired right wing, Steve Bernier from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second round Draft pick in 2010 and third round pick (Los Angeles’ selection) in 2009.Finally some news for Canucks fans.
“Steve Bernier is a highly regarded young player who’s enjoyed success early in his career,” said Gillis. “With his right-handed shot he will be a great addition to our top six forward group and an asset to our power play.”>> team release
It's really only been 72 hours of trades and signings so far, but Gillis has been ripped up and down in the Vancouver press for sitting on his hands. Having your captain sign with the Rangers for a bargain isn't good for PR.
Bernier's only 23, but was a four-time 30+ goal scorer in junior and has shown flashes of being able to produce at the NHL level.
It's a curious deal from the Sabres perspective, as Bernier was the roster player they received in return in the Brian Campbell trade at the deadline four months ago.
Given how thin Vancouver's forward ranks are at the moment, he's a big part of their plans next season. The same wasn't likely in Buffalo.
UPDATE Bernier is a restricted free agent in need of a contract, and was one of three RFA forwards (along with Clarke Macarthur and Daniel Paille) on the Sabres. One less new deal to worry about, I suppose.
And Sports Illustrated's Allan Muir seems to think Gillis could go the offer sheet route (again) and serve up a $4-million deal to Detroit's Valterri Filppula.