Bernier signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders on Monday, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports. The forward had six points in 24 games last season for the Islanders, so it's clear he doesn't have explosive firepower. However, he will provide a veteran body for a team that lost a few wingmen to injury recently.
Bernier was released from his professional tryout Thursday by the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. Bernier made a mere 24 appearances for New York last season in which he garnered only one goal and five helpers. The 31-year-old also failed to register a single point during the postseason. Even if he can secure a new home, the winger is unlikely to offer much in terms of fantasy value.
Bernier signed a professional tryout agreement with the Islanders on Monday, Shannon Hogan of MSG Networks reports. Bernier has a decent shot at making the Opening Night roster and will likely be competing with the injured Cal Clutterbuck (lower body) for the final spot on the right side. Even if he does make the squad, the 31-year-old could find himself as a healthy scratch night to night. In his brief 24 appearances for New York last year, Bernier notched just six points and nine PIM, along with 42 hits; not the type of production to spur fantasy owners to start adding him to their lineups.
Bernier appears set to replace Ryan Strome in Saturday's contest against the Blues, Newsday's Arthur Staple reports. At this point, it's unclear what is wrong with Strome, if anything. What is known, however, is that this will be Bernier's debut with the Islanders following a 32-point campaign with the Devils. The veteran forward will need more consistent playing time before he would merit a hard look in the fantasy realm.
Steve Bernier (upper body) returned to practice Thursday, reports Newsday's Arthur Staple.
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