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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
Hours after the front office received word that neither Zach Parise nor Ryan Suter would be joining the Philadelphia Flyers, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the team was close to signing Bruno Gervais, a 27-year old defenseman formerly of the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders.
When the two-year, $1.65 million contract was officially announced early Thursday afternoon, the reaction from the vast majority of the Philadelphia Flyers’ fanbase was that of confusion.
Even with the loss of Matt Carle to free agency, Philadelphia’s front five defensemen remain very solid. Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nicklas Grossmann and the newly acquired Luke Schenn will take the lion’s share of the even strength minutes on the Flyers’ blue line.
This leaves only one starting slot available for Gervais. Yet he will be forced to compete against veterans Andreas Lilja and Ma...