The Blues signed RFA forward Steve Bernier to a one-year, $2.5 million contract today. The Vancouver Canucks have seven days to match the offer, or they will receive the Blues' second round draft pick in next year's draft as compensation.
Bernier, 23, totaled 32 points last season (16 goals, 16 assists) between the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres. He was acquired via trade from the Sabres by the Canucks on July 4th in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2009 and a second round draft pick in 2010.
If the Canucks don't match the offer, I think it's a huge boost in the youth movement for the Blues. Bernier has a ton of potential, and was given up on way too early by San Jose before he could fully develop. He has the potential to be a 20-goal scorer, and is very aggressive and physical. Overall, a great move by the Blues to force the Canucks' hand and see if they can pry Bernier away.
Well, the Canucks matched the offer quickly, so no Bernier for the Blues.