Davidson strikes back
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has signed Group II free agent forward Steve Bernier to an offer sheet worth $2.5 million for next season. The Canucks will have seven days to match the offer or receive St. Louis' 2nd round draft choice in 2009.Now that's funny.
"Steve is a good young player who would play a big part in our youth movement," said Davidson. "Our coaches and scouting staff are extremely positive about him.">> team release
Canucks GM Mike Gillis offered Blues RFA David Backes a three-year, $7.5-million contract on July 1, something that was promptly matched by St. Louis. This, apparently, is their payback.
It's always great to see NHL signings out of spite.
In any event, Vancouver will match this deal.
UPDATE Less than an hour later, the Canucks respond:
Mike Gillis announced today that the club has signed winger, Steve Bernier to a new contract. Bernier had been signed to an offer sheet by the St. Louis Blues earlier today. Bernier was acquired by the Canucks from the Buffalo Sabres on July 4, 2008.A love-in!
"Steve is a highly regarded young offensive player in our League," said Gillis. "As we have stated with his right-handed shot he will be a great addition to our top six forward group and an asset to our power play."
"We have a great deal of respect for the St. Louis Blues, John Davidson, Larry Pleau and their management team. The offer sheet to Bernier is a clear indication of how highly Steve is thought of in our League."
I wonder how highly Jeff Woywitka is thought of by Vancouver?