ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues got their revenge on the Vancouver Canucks.
Just over a week after fighting off an offer sheet from the Canucks on forward David Backes, the Blues returned the favour, signing restricted free agent forward Steve Bernier to a US$2.5-million, one-year contract.
The Canucks have seven days to match the offer or receive St. Louis' second-round draft choice in 2009.
"Steve is a good young player who would play a big part in our youth movement," Blues president John Davidson said in a release. "Our coaches and scouting staff are extremely positive about him."
Bernier, 23, has barely been a Canuck. He was acquired from Buffalo last Friday in exchange for a second-round draft choice in 2010 and a third-round draft choice in 2009.
The 6-2, 225-pound winger played for San Jose and Buffalo last season, totalling 32 points (16-16).
On July 1, the Canucks made a $7.5-million, three-year offer sheet on Backes, which the Blues matched the same day.