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2 p.m. - DAY 5: FLYERS SIGN FREE AGENTS GERVAIS, FEDOTENKO
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that the club has signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Bruno Gervais to contracts today.
Fedotenko returns for his second stint with the Flyers after beginning his NHL career with Philadelphia in 2000-01 through the 2001-02 season.
“Ruslan is a good two-way forward that can play either wing and will bring experience and depth to our forward group," said Holmgren.
He is coming off the past two seasons with the New York Rangers, recording nine goals and 20 points in 73 regular season games this past season, while adding another seven points (2G-5A) and a plus-7 rating in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games during the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Final.
The Flyers have also added defenseman Bruno Gervais to their blueline.
"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.”
Gervais is a 6-1, 200-pound addition to the Flyers defensive core. He posted 13 points (6G-7A) in 50 games for Tampa Bay this past season, his first with the Lightning.
Fedotenko will enter his 12th season in the NHL, having won Stanley Cup Championships with the Tampa Bay Lightning (2004) and Pittsburgh Penguins (2009). He recorded both goals for the Lightning in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final for a 2-1 victory over the Calgary Flames in 2004.
He has over 800 regular season games experience, recording 169 goals and 184 assists for 353 points in 816 games, while also appearing in over 100 Stanley Cup Playoff games where he has added 40 points (22G-18A) in 108 postseason contests.
Gervais also has some familiarity with the Flyers, having played in the Atlantic Division for most of his career.
Prior to Tampa Bay, he spent his first six seasons with the New York Islanders, the team that drafted him in 2003 (6th rd - 182nd overall).
Against the Flyers, Gervais has posted eight points (2G-6A) in 28 games.
One Flyer in particular is certainly happy to be calling Gervais a teammate once again.
Max Talbot and Gervais were teammates for one season (1999-2000) with Antoine-Girouard in the Quebec Junior Triple-A league before the two embarked to major junior hockey in the QMJHL and eventual NHL.
Talbot considers Gervais a good friend and recently teamed up for a charity golf tournament together for the fifth straight year in their hometown province of Quebec.
Over parts of seven seasons in the NHL with the Islanders and Lightning, Gervais has recorded 81 points (15G-66A) in 381 regular season games.
11:40 a.m. - DAY 3: FLYERS INK THREE
With the third day of free agency underway, the Flyers announced three signings. Defenseman Cullen Eddy and forward Mike Testwuide will return to the Flyers organization, as will defenseman Danny Syvret who enters his third separate campaign with the team.
Eddy attended Flyers training camp for the past two seasons and appeared in 54 games for the club's AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, where he posted 15 points (2G-13A) and 130 penalty minutes. Eddy also recorded 14 points (4G-10A) in 15 games for the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL this past season.
Syvret played for the Flyers from 2008-2010 and part of the 2010-11 season.
He recorded his first NHL goal with the Flyers during the 2010 NHL Winter Classic against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park.
Overall, Syvret has four points (2G-2A) in 27 games with the Flyers.
With the Flyers' AHL affiliate, Syvret has produced 27 goals and 79 assists for 106 points in 142 regular season games, including 57 points (12G-45A) in 76 games during the 2008-09 season to finish second among all AHL defensemen for the Phantoms during the team’s final year in Philadelphia.
Testwuide has spent the previous two seasons in Glens Falls with the Phantoms. He posted 29 points (12G-17A) in 66 games to go along with 79 penalty minutes.
Since signing with the Flyers on March 19, 2010 out of Colorado College, the 6-3, 220-pound Testwuide has recorded 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points in 142 games with Adirondack.
11:46 a.m. - DAY 2 UNDERWAY
Day 2 of the NHL's Free Agency period has begun and it's all quiet on the Flyers front...
2:33 p.m. - LEIGHTON CONFERENCE CALL
Flyers goaltender Michael Leighton held a conference call with the media about signing a one-year contract.Q: What do you think you’ve learned over the past two seasons and are you comfortable being in a backup role?
“Well, I think the last two seasons I think I was put in a spot because of injuries. I understand what Homer did and why he had to do it. It was obviously tough for me. But I’m happy about coming back to the NHL, I’m excited, and for me to be a backup, I’ve done it before. I’ve just gotta work hard and show the team that I’m ready to go in if they need me.” MORE HERE... 1:55 p.m. - LEIGHTON PRESS RELEASE
Leighton, 31 (5/19/81), was originally acquired by the Flyers in December 2009 and has spent the last 2 ½ seasons with the organization. He also appeared in four games for the Flyers during the 2006-07 season. In 32 career regular-season games for the Flyers, Leighton has a record of 19-7-2 with a 2.68 goals-against average. FULL RELEASE HERE...1:50 p.m. - INSIDE THE WAR ROOM
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1:19 p.m. - FLYERS RE-SIGN LEIGHTON
The first signing of the day by the Flyers is (G) Michael Leighton.
"I'm very happy to be back in Philly," said Leighton. "This is where I want to be and I'm excited about the team we have this year. I look forward to the opportunity to continue working with Jeff Reese."
Leighton spent the 2011-12 season with the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, posting a 28-26-1 record with a 2.58 goals-against average and .918 save percentage with two shutouts.
The 31-year-old Leighton helped lead the Flyers to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final by going 8-4 with a 2.95 GAA in 16 starts. In the Eastern Conference Final series vs. Montreal, he posted a 1.40 GAA, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in the five-game series. He was the first Flyer and the 13th goaltender in NHL history to have 3 shutouts in a series.
Since being re-acquired by the Flyers off waivers on Dec. 15, 2009, Leighton went unbeaten in regulation in his first 10 starts (Dec. 23 - Jan. 12), going 8-0-1 with a 2.16 GAA and .928 save percentage.
He owns an overall record of 19-7-2 during the regular season with the Flyers, recording a 2.68 GAA.July 1 - NOON
The clock has struck noon (ET) and NHL Free Agency has officially begun...