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    Blues Sign Bernier to offer sheet, Vancouver matches, New Peoria head coach

    The Blues have 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.

    Bernier, 23, was acquired by Vancouver from Buffalo in a trade on July 4, 2008 in exchange for a 2nd round draft choice in 2010 and a 3rd round draft choice in 2009.

    The 6-2, 225-pound right winger played for San Jose and Buffalo last season, totaling 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) along with 64 penalty minutes. Bernier has played in a total of 177 NHL contests, amassing 90 points (45 goals, 45 assists) and 128 penalty minutes.

    He was a No. 1 pick (16th overall) by San Jose in 2003.


    Also, the team named Davis Payne the HC at Peoria...

    Payne, 37, was a Peoria assistant last season.

    Prior to that, was HC for four seasons with the ECHL Alaska Aces leading them to the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship. Had a winning percentage of .691 as HC and led team to three trips to conference finals.

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    yea didnt last long vancouver matched already

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    Vancouver matches Blues' offer for Bernier
    By Jeremy Rutherford
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    07/08/2008

    When the Blues matched Vancouver’s pricey offer sheet to forward David Backes last week, team president John Davidson said: "This is an important message to the Blues team and fans . . . we’re not going to get pushed around by another organization."

    On Tuesday, the Blues fired back again, signing Vancouver restricted free-agent forward Steve Bernier to a one-year, $2.5 million offer sheet. The Canucks had seven days to match, but like the Blues with Backes, were quick to equal the offer and retain Bernier.

    The Blues might have been able to work out a deal with Backes in the $2 million range, but when Vancouver signed him to a $2.5 million offer sheet, the team was forced to match. Some saw Tuesday’s move by the Blues to sign Bernier, who made $850,000 last year, as retaliation.

    The Blues would have surrendered a second-round draft pick in 2009 if Vancouver did not match.

    "Steve is a good young player who would play a big part in our youth movement," Davidson said in a statement, prior to the offer being matched.

    Only 23, Bernier has been a world traveler of late. The 16th overall pick by San Jose in 2003, he was traded to Buffalo last year in the deal that sent Brian Campbell to the Sharks. After scoring nine points in 17 games with Buffalo last year, the Sabres dealt him last Friday to Vancouver for a third-round draft pick in 2009 and a second-round pick in 2010.

    In 177 career NHL games, Bernier has 45 goals and 90 points.

    "Steve is a highly regarded young offensive player in our league," Vancouver GM Mike Gillis told reporters after matching the offer. "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."
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