Steve Bernier traded to Vancouver

Good thing you went out and bought that Steve Bernier jersey.

The Sabres have traded Bernier to Vancouver in exchange for Vancouver’s 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and Los Angeles’s 3rd round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Bernier, 23, was acquired along with San Jose’s 1st round pick in 2008 (Tyler Ennis) in exchange for Brian Campbell at the trade deadline last year. In 17 games with the Sabres, Bernier registered 3 goals and 6 assists.

Obviously, this fits the whole “Sabres need to trade a forward” concept. I guess maybe Max will be sticking around.

The Canucks couldn’t be happier.

“Steve Bernier is a highly regarded young player who’s enjoyed success early in his career,” said Canucks GM Mike Gillis in a statement. “With his right-handed shot he will be a great addition to our top six forward group and an asset to our power play.”

It seemed obvious that a move needed to be made, but this one is a bit surprising. Bernier showed loads of potential in the time he was here.

It’s almost kind of comical that he’s off the team after the way fans tried latching onto him. “Big Bear” was all of a sudden a fan favorite, and jerseys started popping up all over the arena.

I don’t blame fans for being excited after his debut, scoring four and half minutes into his debut in an 8-4 win over Nashville. Bernier had two goals and an assist and was named 1st star. It almost appeared like the Sabres finally had a winger for Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek.

It didn’t quite turn out that way. Other than a goal in a 4-3 shootout win over Toronto in the last week of the season, Bernier was offensively MIA for the remainder of his stay. Now, at 17 games old, his career as a Sabre is over.

Posted on July 4, 2008, in Sabres/NHL and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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