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Flyers’ Gervais signs with Swiss team

Dec 14, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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Bruno Gervais

Philadelphia defenseman Bruno Gervais — who, it should be noted, has yet to debut for the Flyers — is on the move again, agreeing to join Swiss club Fribourg-Gotteron for the Spengler Cup.

Getting to Switzerland won’t take Gervais very long. Prior to joining Fribourg he was playing with Heilbronner of the German second division, appearing in seven games while recording two assists and 18 penalty miuntes.

The 28-year-old rearguard signed a two-year, $1.65 million deal with the Flyers this summer after spending the 2011-12 season in Tampa Bay. He’s expected to be a significant contributor to Philly’s defense once the season gets underway, especially with the likes of Chris Pronger (concussion), Andrej Meszaros (torn Achilles) and Andreas Lilja (hip surgery) all out of action.

Gervais has been a busy guy during the work stoppage. Prior to heading overseas, he was one of the driving forces behind La Tournee Des Joueurs, a barnstorming circuit of locked-out NHL players that participated in games throughout the province of Quebec.

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