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Isles News and Links 9/6/2015: Islanders Sign Steve Bernier to PTO

By J.A. Dominicis
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Islanders Sign Unrestricted Free Agent Steve Bernier to a Professional Tryout (PTO) Contract

The Islanders announced that UFA right winger and fourth line grinder Steve Bernier to a PTO on Wednesday. He is no star of course, but will make tryouts more competitive and could add decent experience and depth if he makes the team.

Here is a little 101 on Steve Bernier:

Position: RW

Previous Team: New Jersey Devils

From: Quebec City, Canada

Drafted: 16th overall in 2003

Career NHL Games Played: 609

Career NHL Goals Scored: 104

Career NHL Assists Scored: 120

Career NHL Points Scored: 224

Best Season: 2008-09 with the Vancouver Canucks. He played in 81 games and scored 32 points. Helped the team go to the second round of the playoffs in a checking line role.

This news came around the same time as David Booth and Curtis Glencross accepted PTOs with their respective teams:

A pretty big confidence it is that all three were signed to PTOs around the same time all at once. That tells you something about the state of the unrestricted free agent market at the moment.

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When is Brock Nelson Going to Re-Sign?

With NHL training camp just around the corner, New York Islanders fans are getting a bit worried about the fact that Brock nelson has not re-signed with the team yet. Arthur Staple made an interesting point:

But I think in the end he will re-sign. There hasn’t been an RFA holding out on his team for a whole season in a long time. Worst case scenario, he will sign a one-year contract.

Daniel Friedman talks about the Islanders’ RFA policy here:

Stay tuned for the next edition of Isles News and Links.

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