Gervais, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, appeared in 53 games with the Islanders last season, recording 6 assists and averaging 15:40 in ice time per game. He has played in 331 career NHL games, all with the Islanders, compiling 9 goals and 68 points with 2 power-play goals and 2 game-winners. Gervais also played in five playoff games while with the Islanders during the 2007 playoffs, recording 1 goal and 2 points.
A native of Longueuil, Quebec, Gervais was acquired by the Lightning in exchange for future considerations. He was selected by the Islanders in the sixth round of the 2003 Entry Draft. He played his junior hockey at Acadie-Bathhurst, where he skated in 160 regular season games from 2001-04, accumulating 30 goals and 76 points. In 2002-03 he led all QMJHL defensemen in goals with 22 and was fifth for points with 50 en route to being named to the second all-star team.