Canucks Acquire Steve Bernier for 2nd and 3rd picks
For Immediate Release: July 4, 2008
CANUCKS ACQUIRE FORWARD STEVE BERNIER FROM BUFFALO
IN EXCHANGE FOR 2ND AND 3RD ROUND DRAFT PICKS
Vancouver, B.C. –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.
“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.”
I'm shocked that we were able to acquire Bernier without losing a roster player or first round pick. Fantastic move for us. Addresses our lack of size, skill and grit in the top six and gives the Sedins a longterm linemate.
Haha, some posters around here thought Bernier would be a solid centre-piece in a deal with Bieksa going back the other way. Apparently his conditioning is pretty bad, and Buffalo felt San Jose off-loaded some garbage in the Campbell trade. He can hit the gym with Wellwood.