by Kevin Zalaznik // 1.30.2012 // Transaction
NEWARK, N.J. – Even though the AHL is enjoying the all-star break, there is still hockey to be played at the NHL level. On Monday, the New Jersey Devils recalled three players from Albany – Steve Bernier, Jacob Josefson and Matt Taormina.
Bernier, who signed an AHL contract on Oct. 26, signed a two-way NHL contract to join New Jersey. Bernier has played 17 games this season, missing time between Dec. 9 and January 21 with an upper-body injury. He has produced three goals and three assists. A first round pick (16th overall) by San Jose in 2003, Bernier has appeared in 385 career NHL games, registering 76 goals and 83 assists.
Josefson was returned on loan by New Jersey to Albany Thursday and registered a goal and an assist in two games this past weekend. For the season, he has played four games, totaling two goals and an assist. Another first round pick (20th overall in 2009), Josefson has appeared in nine NHL games this season.
A 2012 AHL All-Star, Taormina was also returned on loan to Albany on Thursday and had a goal and an assist this past weekend. Taormina is second among Albany defenseman with 14 points, including five goals and nine assists. As a free agent, he signed with New Jersey on Feb. 25, 2010. He has played 15 NHL games this season, producing four assists.