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During a day that is normally an uneventful media address by the GM and coach, the Canucks announce that they have signed Bernier to a new deal. Bernier who was set to become an RFA on July 1st was signed to a two year 2 million dollars per year deal.

Bernier was originally acquired from Buffalo on a trade last summer for a second (2010) and third (2009) round draft pick. This year he made 2.5 million dollars (higher than originally offered due to offer sheet from the Blues). "It put a smile back on my face," Bernier said of the new contract, which comes just three days after the Canucks were eliminated from the NHL playoffs. - Globe and Mail


The Canucks will provide Bernier with a nutritionist and specialized coach that will help him work on his skating stride.