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.
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?