Vancouver Canucks Sign Steve Bernier To Contract Extension

Kevin van Steendelaar@@LeTirEtLeButAnalyst IMay 15, 2009

CHICAGO - MARCH 29: Nikolai Khabibulin #39 of the Chicago Blackhawks turns back a shot by Steve Bernier #18 of the Vancouver Canucks on March 29, 2009 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Canucks defeated the Blackhawks 4-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Steve Bernier to a two-year, $4 million  contract extension.

Acquired from Buffalo last summer for a third-round draft pick this year and a second-round pick in 2010, Bernier amassed 32 points (15 goals and 17 assists) in 81 games with Vancouver.

The Canucks' forward also finished the season ranked third on the team with four game-winning goals.

"Steve Bernier had a career year with Vancouver and we look forward to him building on a successful first season with the club," said General Manager Mike Gillis.

"Steve is a talented young player, who will continue to improve and mature over the course of his career."

Bernier, 24, was a first-round pick in the 2003 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks and in 258 NHL games with San Jose, Buffalo and the Canucks, he has compiled 122 points (60 goals and 62 assists).

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