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Flyers Sign Gervais, Fedotenko

In the wake of missing out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter as well as back-up plan Matt Carle, the Flyers made a couple of depth moves today.

The Flyers signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko to a one-year deal as well as agreeing to a two-year deal with defenseman Bruno Gervais. Fedotenko's deal is worth $1.7 million and Gervais' is worth an average of $825,000 per year [Pierre LeBrun].

Both moves increase the Flyers depth rather than expected to be big impact moves.

Fedotenko, 33, is coming off his worst season in his 11-year career in which he score nine goals and 20 points in 73 games with the Rangers last season.

“Ruslan is a good two-way forward that can play either wing and will bring experience and depth to our forward group," said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren.

Fedotenko is also a gritty forward and will do whatever it takes to score a goal.

Fedotenko is on his second stint with the Flyers. Signed in 1999 as an undrafted free agent, Fedotenko played two seasons with the Flyers (2000-02), scoring 33 goals and 62 points in 152 games before being traded to the Lightning.

As for Gervais, he signed a two-year deal to bolster the depth of the Flyers blue line. Gervais, 27, is a right-handed shot. He had 13 points and was a minus-4 in 50 games last year with the Lightning. 

"Bruno is a right-handed shot defenseman that has over 300 games experience in the league," said Holmgren. "We feel both these players solidify our team.”

Gervais averaged little over 14 minutes of ice time last season, a huge step down from what Carle averaged last year for the Flyers.

It was reported yesterday that the Flyers were close to signing Gervais. But according to CSN's Tim Panaccio, Gervais' paper was held up a bit and that's why he signed today and not yesterday.

How Gervais impacts the team will be seen during preseason. It's assumed he will battle with Marc-Andre Bourdon, Erik Gustafsson, Matt Walker and Andreas Lilja for the sixth and seventh defenseman spot.

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John Russo writes for and operates "Team to Beat" and you can follow him on Twitter (@Roose_TTB).