NHL Rumors: Bruno Gervais Tied to Philadelphia Flyers

Dan AdamsCorrespondent IIIJuly 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 26: Bruno Gervais #27 of the Tampa Bay Lightning battles with Zac Rinaldo #36 of the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 26, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lightning defeated the Flyers 5-3.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly found their next defenseman in former New York Islander Bruno Gervais, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly.

The Flyers missed out on top defenseman Ryan Suter yesterday and, because of their fixation on him, they also missed out on all of the second-tier defensemen, including former Flyer Matt Carle, as of yesterday.

Gervais spent six years with the rival Islanders before being traded last season to the Tampa Bay Lightning

He has never had a positive plus/minus, and his career high is 19 points, from the 2008-2009 season, while getting about 15 minutes of ice time per game the last two seasons.

In his defense, he's never really played on a good team, but those numbers are pretty bad.

Gervais is not going to be Carle's replacement, as Carle has averaged 30-plus points the past three seasons as well as over 20 minutes of ice time per game.

But that's okay, because the Flyers have guys in Luke Schenn and Andrej Meszaros that would like to compete for Carle's spot in the rotation of the top four defensemen.

They're both capable defensemen who can help mitigate Carle's loss much better than Gervais—or any other available free agent for that matter—could hope to.

Still, Gervais should be about $5 million cheaper than Carle, given that his salary last year was $500,000 and he didn't do much to raise his stock, and he adds a right-handed shot to the Flyers' group of defensemen.

As of now, only Meszaros, Schenn and Matt Walker offer right-hand shots from the point and it's nice to have variety. 

In all probability, Bruno Gervais signing with the Philadelphia Flyers, assuming it happens, will just be to add depth.

He'll compete with Andreas Lilja and Marc-Andre Bourdon for the role of sixth defenseman on the team and he'll fill in when injuries force other guys to the press box.

Bruno Gervais might not get Flyers fans excited like signing Ryan Suter would have, but it's a good depth signing that could bail the team out of injury problems next season.