Islanders and blue-liner Gervais agree on three-year contract

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. – The New York Islanders have added to their defence corp by signing defenceman Bruno Gervais to a three-year, US$2.2225-million contract on Friday.

The deal keeps Gervais under contract through the 2010-11 season and means the Islanders have now locked up all of their potential restricted free agents for the upcoming season.

Gervais recorded 13 assists while averaging 20:00 minutes of ice time last season. The 23-year-old Acadie, Que., native Gervais has played in 138 career NHL games over the course of three seasons with the Islanders and has scored three goals with 23 assists for 26 points.

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“Bruno is a homegrown talent and has been developing in our system for a few years,” said Islanders GM Garth Snow in a statement. “He’s a high character player and person and is someone who is great in the Long Island community. We’re very excited to have him on board for the next three years.”

Gervais was originally drafted by the Islanders in the sixth round (182nd overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft