Should Steve Bernier Return Next Season?

Jan 31, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; Jan 31, 2014; Nashville, TN, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier (18) checks Nashville Predators left wing Richard Clune (16) in the third period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

We turn our attention from one member of the CBGB line to the next. Spoiler Alert: I am coming for you too Ryan Carter.

Steve Bernier is finishing up a 2-year, $1.55 million contract with the New Jersey Devils. This season, identical to his last, Bernier is earning $775,000 with a 1-way stipulation.

Bernier has started all 59 games this season and has posted 3 goals and 7 assists to this point. Bernier is also 9th on the team in shots on goal with 84 and has a shooting percentage of 3.6%.

This season is his 3rd full season with the team after stints in Vancouver, San Jose, Buffalo, and Florida.

He has 190 points (88 G, 102 A) in his NHL career that spans 523 games. In his NHL playoff career (5 seasons), Bernier has 9 goals and 14 assists in 68 games, not to mention “the hit” in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals.

Dec 13, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) makes a save against New Jersey Devils right wing Steve Bernier (18) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Steve has only been able to muster up 31 points in 138 games as a New Jersey Devil. While Steve has plenty of NHL experience, he is only 28 years old and can be considered as entering his prime if not already in his prime.

I don’t think the Devils have any reason not to sign Bernier for another year. If they signed him to a 2-year deal, I wouldn’t think that is very outrageous either.

Steve has been making significantly less money the past three seasons as his highest mark for a single season came in 2008-09 where he earned $2.5 million for the year. The next two seasons after that, he earned $2 million each season. His first with the Devils was a 1-year, $525,000 contract in 2011-12.

In my opinion, Steve Bernier still has more to prove as a New Jersey Devil and is still relatively young enough to be allowed that opportunity. While he hasn’t payed off completely as a Devil to this point, he has had favorable offensive output with other teams.

One worrying sign is his plus/minus rating. His +/- this season is 1 lower than his career worst in the NHL at -15. He had a -14 rating in 2010-11 with the Florida Panthers.

Do you think the second cog of the CBGB line should return next season?

Should Steve Bernier Return Next Season?

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Stats and contract information courtesy of the New Jersey Devils Official Page and CapGeek.com.

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  • Pivot

    Carter & Bernier are on the line. That’d be the CB I guess. What is GB for. There’s only 3 skaters to a line and I don’t see a player with the initials GB. So is it Gionta? What does the B come from? CBG I can understand or is it just a spiel to make a lines name have a catchy name.

    • Thomas Formoso

      Funny story actually. I had always wondered the same thing and only thought of looking it up today. Carter, Bernier, Gionta’s Brother is what it stands for according to Wikipedia’s list of NHL line nicknames. It sounds plausible enough for me to trust wikipedia.

      I had always thought they did CBGB and added the B to make it catchy.

      • Pivot

        As far as Bernier goes, I remember the 5 min major he took in the SCF game against LA. The Kings scored 3 goals in those 5 mins. Taking a 3-0 lead. That was great for me as a Ranger fan to see NJD get dominated in that series.

        • Thomas Formoso

          Sure, the Devils got controlled and neutralized for most of the series but I wouldn’t necessarily say they were dominated. Game 1 and 2 were OT games and Games 4 and 5 the Devils won. The only blowouts were Game 6 and 3. Many analysts (including NBC) said if NJ won G6 that they would have a very good shot of winning G7.

          That being said, they didn’t win G6 and history is history.

          • Pivot

            The Kings laid back in games 4 & 5 and didn’t play their best games. My guess is they felt the series was in hand after a 3-0 lead. Yes the Devils were up against a wall but as a whole. NJ was dominated in that series.

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