The Sabres traded forward Steve Bernier to the Canucks for a third-round pick in 2009 and a second-rounder in 2010.
EN Says: The Canucks were desperate to do something after mostly being quiet the first few days of the free agency period. They lost Markus Naslund and are probably going to lose Brendan Morrison. Mats Sundin left them in the cold after they offered him $10 million a season. Bernier's not a franchise player by any means, but he has 20-goal potential as a power forward.
The trade seems a bit odd on the Sabres end. Bernier was the centerpiece of the trade that send defenseman Brian Campbell to San Jose. He also provided them something they haven't had for a while in a power forward. They too have been rather quiet in free agency and losing a player like this probably isn't a step in the right direction.
The Buffalo News is speculating the move could be setting up another for the Sabres.
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