One of the best seasons of Steve Bernier’s 10-year career has netted him… a training camp tryout.
On Wednesday, Newsday reported the Isles were bringing Bernier to their training camp on a PTO. The invite comes after the 30-year-old matched career highs in goals (16) and points (32) with the Devils last season, his fourth with the organization.
The Bernier move is, as many have pointed out, probably an insurance policy should the Isles not reach an agreement with still-unsigned RFA winger Brock Nelson:
The Bernier move also reflects the current landscape for veteran players struggling to find jobs. He’s the third vet signed on to compete at Isles camp, along with Eric Boulton and Matt Carkner.
Elsewhere, the likes of Scott Gomez, Scottie Upshall, Curtis Glencross, Ryan Wilson, Jonas Gustavsson, James Sheppard, Devin Steoguchi, Peter Budaj, Ray Emery and Sergei Gonchar have all agreed to PTOs with various teams, in the hope of landing another contract.