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New York Islanders Trade Bruno Gervais to Tampa Bay for future considerations

I'm not sure how many people expected the Islanders would still have an NHL slot for the chef, Bruno Gervais, a long-serving Islander who is an RFA this summer. In part due to injuries last year, the Islanders stocked up on mid-level NHL contracts on the blueline. Gervais ended up being a healthy scratch and his career appeared to plateau.

So today at Day 2 of the NHL Draft, in the middle of the third round, the Islanders consummated a trade of Gervais -- or "Broono Jer-vez" as the M.C. pronounced it, indicting both himself and Bruno in the process -- to the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations.

We'll add any further details on those considerations, likely a conditional late pick of some sort, as they become available.

Gervais played 331 games with the Islanders, collecting 9 goals, 59 assists and compiling a minus-60 during some trying times for player and club. Here was our report card for Gervais' 2010-11 season, which kind of read like a eulogy for a well-liked defenseman who nonetheless was a scapegoat for some fans, as his play never sustained the level expected.

The Campoli-Gervais era on Long Island is now officially over.

Leave your thoughts and tributes to Bruno in this thread. Our second-round open discussion thread continues over there.