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NHL Notebook: Jonathan Bernier announces retirement, Boston Bruins sign Alex Chiasson to PTO, and more

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Zach Laing
10 months ago
Jonathan Bernier announced his retirement from the NHL in an Instagram post Monday.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Kings 11th overall in the 2006 draft, the journeyman played for them, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and New Jersey Devils across his 14-year career.
Here’s more on Bernier from Daily Faceoff’s Steven Ellis:
Drafted 11th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2006, Bernier made his NHL debut two seasons later. He would go on to be Manchester’s starter during the 2008-09 season, making his mark as one of the best young keepers in the game. He’d go 3-0 with a shutout with LA the following year, which also saw him record a league-best nine shutouts in advance of the Baz Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s top goaltender.
Quick would share the net with Jonathan Quick over the next three seasons, including a Stanley Cup in 2012. He was traded to Toronto in 2013 in an attempt to get more playing time, and would serve as the No. 1 for the next two seasons. Bernier struggled in 2015-16 and would go to Anaheim the following year, starting a trend that saw him bounce around for a few years. He had some good runs in Colorado and Detroit, establishing himself as a strong 1B for most of his career.
Internationally, Bernier won gold at the 2008 world juniors and the 2012 Spengler Cup with Canada. Bernier wraps up his career with an NHL record of 165-163-40 through 404 games in 14 seasons. Bernier also had a 57-43-15 record with 17 shutouts over four AHL campaigns, making himself one of the best minor league goalies during his tenure.

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B’s bring in Chiasson

The Boston Bruins will bring former Edmonton Oilers forward Alex Chiasson to training camp on a professional tryout.
Chiasson, 32, played for the Oilers between 2018-19 and 2020-21 — his longest stint with any NHL team. Over those 183 games, Chiasson would score 42 goals and 78 points, with 19 of those markers coming on the powerplay.
Here’s more from Daily Faceoff’s Matt Larkin:
Chiasson, 32, has bounced around the NHL for more than a decade using his hulking 6-foot-4, 208-pound frame and net-front presence as calling cards. Originally selected by the Dallas Stars in the second round of the 2009 draft, Chiasson burst onto the scene with six goals in his first seven NHL games in 2012-13. In six of his 11 seasons, he’s reached double digits in goals. His best effort came as an Edmonton Oiler in 2018-19, when he buried 22 goals in 73 games.
Chiasson typically does his best work on the power play. Of his 120 career goals, 43, or more than a third, have come with the man advantage. Most recently, he surfaced with the Detroit Red Wings in 2022-23 after signing an AHL tryout deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins, with whom he racked up 20 points in 29 games. He joined the Red Wings in March 2023 and made somewhat of an impression, scoring six goals in 20 games during the stretch run of the season.
In addition to his 651 NHL games, Chiasson has competed in 37 career playoff games, 17 of which came in 2017-18, when he won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Washington Capitals.

Galchenyuk pleads guilty

Former NHL forward Alex Galchenyuk pled guilty to a misdemeanour threatening charge Monday in relation to a July spat with police.
According to The Athletic’s Katie Strang, who reported news of the guilty plea, Galchenyuk was sentenced to 30 days in jail and five charges that included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest were dismissed.
Strang was first to report the July 9 incident that saw Galchenyuk allegedly use racial slurs towards an office, and threaten to kill other officers on scene.
Here’s more from Daily Faceoff’s Mike Gould:
Although Galchenyuk was sentenced to 30 days in jail, he was also credited for one day served for his time already spent in detention. His sentence will also be cut down by 27 more days upon the successful completion of an alcohol recovery program and a full year without consuming or possessing alcohol, leaving two days of jail time to be served.
Shortly after being released by the Coyotes, Galchenyuk publicly apologized to the officers and the Coyotes and entered the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.
“I am deeply ashamed of my recent behavior and I am beyond sorry to everyone I offended and hurt,” Galchenyuk said at the time. “It was uncalled for, it was horrific and it has ruined this great new opportunity I was given by the Coyotes. I am beyond embarrassed and disappointed with myself and I feel awful for everyone I have left down.
“My family was counting on me to be better, the Coyotes and the amazing Coyotes fans deserve better and the brave police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe deserve better,” Galchenyuk continued. “I let them all down with my despicable and disrespectful behavior after drinking alcohol.
“Today, I am checking myself into the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. I am doing this to get the help I need and hope to never make a mistake like this again.”

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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