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STEVE BERNIER CONFERENCE CALL

Tuesday, 02.26.2008 / 2:29 PM / News
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STEVE BERNIER CONFERENCE CALL
Steve Bernier addressed the media via conference call today following the announcement that he was acquired by the Buffalo Sabres from the San Jose Sharks. With Bernier the Sabres also acquired the Sharks' first-round selection in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for defenseman Brian Campbell and the Sabres' 2008 seventh-round selection.

Q: What was your reaction to the deal and coming to Buffalo?


"At first I was surprised, but right now I know that I feel good. I’m very excited to be going to Buffalo and I know they have very good young players and it’s a good thing and exciting for me right now."

Q: Describe your game, how you play and how you think you can help this team?

"My game is simple. What I’m doing is trying to create space for my linemates, be in front of the net as much as possible, hit and keep the tempo. That’s what I want to do."

Q: Have you watched the Sabres this year, and what do you think of the team?


"We played against them once and it was a very very fast game. [There is] a lot of talent and I’m very very excited right now to [play on] a young good team."

Q: Did you have any idea a trade was coming?


"No, that’s why I said I was surprised. I woke up going into the same routine I used to do, go eat breakfast, and Doug Wilson said ‘I need to talk to you.’ I was surprised but at the same time stuff happens for something and I hope it’s going to be good."

Do you know anyone on the Sabres?


"I played against [Jason] Pominville in junior and played against Derek Roy one time on Team Canada. Those are the two guys I know."

Q: How much pressure is there knowing that you came here for a player like Brian Campbell?

"I know Campbell is pretty much the best defenseman in the league… It’s going to be tough but I’m young right now, I’ve got a lot of work to do to become a good player and I’m happy to do it with the Sabres. I’m going to work hard and try to be as good as possible to make sure that trade is going to be a good trade for the Sabres."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82