Gillis on Bernier Contract
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Gillis on Bernier
"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."
Bernier, 23, split the 2007-08 season between the Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks combining for 32 points (16-16-32) and 64 penalty minutes in 76 games played. In 177 career NHL games Bernier has recorded 45 goals, 45 assists (45-45-90) and 128 penalty minutes. Bernier captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Under-18 Championships in Yaroslavl, Russia in 2003.
The 6-foot-2, 225 lbs. native of Quebec City, PQ, was originally selected in the 1st round, 16th overall in 2003 NHL Entry Draft.