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Gerbe waived, Sabres planning buyout

Jul 3, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

Nathan Gerbe AP

Looks as though Nathan Gerbe‘s time in Buffalo is up.

The Sabres put Gerbe on waivers Wednesday with the purpose of buying out his contract, the Buffalo News reports (as per TSN).

Gerbe — who, at 5-foot-5, is the NHL’s shortest player — has spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo, scoring a career-high 16 goals and 31 points during the 2010-11 campaign.

The 25-year-old had struggled with health issues over the last few years. He began this season on injured reserve after undergoing back/neck surgery during the lockout and, when activated, failed to make much of an impact offensively, scoring just 5G-5A-10PTS in 42 games.

The former Boston College standout has one year left on his three-year, $4.35 million deal.

UPDATE: The Sabres have informed the Buffalo News it’s a regular buyout of Gerbe’s deal, not a compliance buyout. So they’re on the hook for all of his cap hit.

It should be noted that GM Darcy Regier has said numerous times this offseason that the club didn’t expect to use its compliance buyouts — including during yesterday’s free agency preview presser.

  1. mrpinkca - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    This would not be the first person I’m buying out if I’m the Sabres…

  2. gnrfan8804 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    And drew stafford still has a roster spot…..

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Meanwhile Darcy Regier still thinks he’s going to turn the hockey world upside-dow n with a Drew Stafford trade. Way to free up 30 bucks for a year.

  4. tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Is it not possible that they are going to do a normal buyout on him and save the two compliance ones for more costly contracts? That being said, I love Gerbe, sad to see him go, but he just didn’t merit a roster spot anymore.

    • killerpgh - Jul 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      It might be a normal buyout. I thought I read a few months ago that teams could not buyout a contract if the cap hit was below 2 million. Gerbe’s is 1.45.

  5. billyhauntswizards - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Nathan Gerbe over…………Ville Leino? Idgi

    • jc1024buf - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

      Leino cant be bought out because he was injured and is not medically cleared to play yet.

  6. buff80 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    It is a start. Too bad Regier is still at the helm

  7. kgun80 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    This better be just the beginning of a purge.. The kid tried,but he is nothing more than a minor league player at best.

  8. tuberippin - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Tough to be a great player at the highest level when you’re significantly shorter than everyone else (he’s 5’5″).

  9. bullwinkle88 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    You agree that the Gerbe buyout is a good idea and still manage to criticize Regier anyway? Perhaps such criticism is nothing more than a knee jerk reaction lacking thought.

  10. pensman29 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    This could just be because of him always evolving into a 88-89 overall on NHL 13… But I think I’m gonna miss him. I’m not even a sabers fan but I feel bad for him.

  11. jernster21 - Jul 3, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    This has Sacco’s handprints all over it – Gerbe isn’t a BU guy so he gets canned.

    I’m not being serious.

  12. egodz51 - Jul 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I wish they could buyout every player on the team. They are such a joke.

  13. sabrefan1979 - Jul 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Gerbe sucks thank God he’s gone dead weight.

    • alswingman - Jul 4, 2013 at 2:53 AM

      Actually, you are dead weight on your couch tubby. Gerbe has excellent talent.

  14. billsin20xx - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    The main buyout they need to do is Regier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait to hear all the booing this fall when they suck again like last year. Hopefully that wll get Pegula to dump Regier, then start building a winner!

  15. matt14gg - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Ahh, but they brought John Scott back, which is idiotic on about eight different levels.

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