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Philadephia signs Fedotenko, Gervais

Jul 5, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

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Undeterred after losing out on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, the Philadelphia Flyers inked a pair of lower profile free agents on Thursday, agreeing to terms with former Rangers forward Ruslan Fedotenko and ex-Tampa Bay blueliner Bruno Gervais.

Fedotenko agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million while Gervais inked a two-year contract worth $1.65 million ($825,000 per season.)

Fedotenko, 33, returns to the city where he began his career in 2000. The Ukrainian winger spent two years in Philadelphia before playing for the Lightning, Islanders, Penguins and Rangers. He won Stanley Cups in both Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.

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

Gervais, 27, spent last year with the Lightning after starting his career with the Islanders. His best stretch of play came during a two year span between 2008-10 when he appeared in 140 contest, scoring 6G-30A-26PTS while averaging over 20 minutes a night.

It’s quite possible Gervais was talked up to Flyers brass by his new teammate and good friend, Max Talbot. The two grew up together in Quebec and played together on the same minor hockey team when they were 11 years old — Talbot says Gervais is “like a brother to me” and feels “blessed to have him and his family in my life.”

Gervais, a right-handed shot, should fit into a Philly blueline that’s in need of depth. Only six players are currently in the mix for next season — Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Luke Schenn, Nicklas Grossmann, Andreas Lilja — and of them, only Schenn is a righty.

“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.”

  1. phillyfan98 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Well now i’m reay for next season so glad we have Fedotenko back.

  2. pkswally024 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    I’ve seen far worse defensive pairings.

  3. DED - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    After the Rangers signed Pyatt, I figured Feds was gone. Statistically, they’re about the same. Guess the Rangers decided to mix things up on the 4th line (letting go both Prust and Feds). Feds is a solid defensive forward and good on the PK. Good move by Philly.

  4. mattj2524 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Filling the holes with solid, low-cost, short term deals. Like both signings. Love both contract terms. Great value here.

  5. handsofsweed - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Nice, solid pickup in Feds. And, I can’t help but wonder why Coots’ name isn’t listed in that mix. I’d think he might just be able to crack the lineup at this point, no?

    • ml3939 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Coots isn’t a defenseman, just a very good young defensive forward.

      • handsofsweed - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:11 PM

        Yep. Duh. I’m going to give myself a thumbs down now.

  6. mclovinhockey - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Bruno is a great 7th D… Not really a top 6 guy but solid enough… Fed was my favorite flyer back in the day… Loved his name as well. Phillys 4th line looking more and more solid

  7. doopdoop10 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Coots is a forward

  8. redwingsfan999 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    It’s seems like free agents from the caps, pengs, rangers, or flyers always rotate between those 4 teams when their free agents

  9. mmazzzzzz - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    All Rangers fans who bought Hagelin’s #62 Jersey will be upset when he takes Fedotenkos #26…just saying

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