Philadelphia Flyers Rumors: Bruno Gervais Will Be Fine Consolation Prize
No, the Flyers didn't make a big splash this offseason by landing Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. Heck, they didn't even keep Matt Carle and Jaromir Jagr in town. If they're smart, they won't even consider overpaying to land a player like Rick Nash in a trade.
Sorry, Philly fans. For now, you're going to have to be satisfied with Luke Schenn and Bruno Gervais. And believe it or not, you should be.
First, the rumored Gervais signing, from Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly:
While this was happening, the Flyers were attempting to sign free agent defenseman Bruno Gervais. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the Gervais talks Wednesday afternoon.
Two sources told CSNPhilly.com that the Flyers were close to completing a deal late Wednesday.
Because of the holiday, however, the contract might not be filed with NHL Central Registry until Thursday.
No, Gervais isn't in the same league as Suter or even Carle; we all know that. But he isn't chopped liver, either, and he'll add nice depth to a defensive unit already consisting of Schenn, Braydon Coburn, Nicklas Grossmann, Andrej Meszaros and Kimmo Timonen.
Plus, were either Parise or Suter really worth $98 million over 13 years? Was Matt Carle really worth six years and $33 million?
No, of course not. Even though the team could have used an elite blue-liner like Suter or would have been better off with Carle than Gervais, neither is ultimately worth the money they were paid. The Flyers now find themselves with a good chunk of cap space which they can hold on to for next offseason while making smaller moves, like bringing Gervais on board to improve the team.
And who knows, maybe they'll try to bring on restricted free agent Shea Weber, unlikely as that seems. They certainly have the cap space.
At the end of the day, this offseason hasn't been as unsuccessful as it looks. Parise and Suter were never coming to Philly, Carle got overpaid and, while I was hoping the team would bring Jagr back for another year, the Flyers can replace him through free agency.
Who would you prefer?
Or perhaps by bringing in Bobby Ryan, who is far more appealing to me than Rick Nash.
So don't be discouraged by smaller acquisitions like Bruno Gervais. The core of this team is set. The future is bright. The Flyers actually have cap space for once, and I'm sure they aren't done making moves.
The Flyers have needs, but they aren't drastic. Things are just fine in Philadelphia.
Hit me up on Twitter—my tweets want Dwight Howard to just get traded already, too.
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