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Bruno Gervais Close To Deal With Philadelphia Flyers, According To Report

According to a report by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Flyers are close to signing unrestricted free agent defenseman Bruno Gervais.

Gervais spent last season with the Tampa Bay Lightning playing in 50 games and recording six goals and seven assists for 13 total points.

He averaged 14:16 minutes per game last season and spent some time on both the power play and penalty kill units.

In addition, he blocked 63 shots and only committed 14 turnovers.

The 27-year old blue liner stands at six-feet and weighs 200 pounds; he also possesses a right-handed shot, which is a commodity the Flyers desperately needed in the 2011-12 season when they carried a roster with six left-handed defensemen, prior to adding Pavel Kubina at the trade deadline.

Gervais is also good friends with Flyers forward Maxime Talbot.

As of this time, it’s unclear what the Flyers motivation for potentially adding Gervais is as he is clearly a depth defender.

Obviously, unrestricted free agent Matt Carle has yet to sign.

Gervais is in no-way a top-4 defender, let alone a replacement for Carle. This potential move may have nothing to do with him and may be a depth acquisition in the hopes of trading a current defender in a future move or just a depth move in general.

Basically, anything is possible at this point.

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