The New York Islanders have signed unrestricted free agent right winger Steve Bernier to a PTO contract, reports Newsday’s Arthur Staple (via Twitter). The team also signed forward Connor Jones and defenseman Patrick Cullity to tryout deals; both players played in New York’s minor league system last season and are already signed to minor league deals for 2016-17.
Bernier played a sparing role with the Islanders last season, playing in just 24 games, notching a goal and five assists after making the team off a PTO last year. He also suited up in six playoff contests, being held off the scoresheet. However, he’s only one year removed from a 16 goal, 32 point campaign with the Devils.
Bernier has bounced around in his career, spending time in six different organizations since being a first rounder of San Jose back in 2003. He has 633 NHL games under his belt, scoring 105 goals while adding 125 assists.
If he were to crack the roster once again, it’s likely that he would reprise his role as an injury fill-in/depth forward. He earned $750K last year with New York and would likely earn a similar amount if he can secure a contract.
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Bernier isn’t the only veteran forward in camp looking for a spot as Stephen Gionta inked a PTO last month. Coincidentally, the two were teammates in the past with New Jersey.
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