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‘Canes sign ex-Sabres forward Gerbe: one year, $550,000

Jul 26, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

Nathan Gerbe AP

The Carolina Hurricanes have made an interesting free agent pickup, signing former Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000.

“Nathan has had success on the NHL level and should compete for a job with the Hurricanes during training camp,” said ‘Canes VP of Hockey Operations Ron Francis.

Gerbe — who, at 5-foot-5, is the NHL’s shortest player — spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo before receiving a buyout (regular, not compliance) in early June.

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.

Gerbe’s best season came in 2010-11, when he scored a career-high 16 goals and 31 points, finishing fifth on the team in goals.

The former Boston College standout should have a decent shot of cracking the ‘Canes roster next season. Carolina currently has just 11 forwards under contract for next season though a 12th, first-round draft pick Elias Lindholm, has signed his entry-level deal and is expected to play at the NHL level right away.

  1. lonespeed - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    He won’t make the roster.

  2. President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    going from the armpit of america to a really nice area to live

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      you are an asshole

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

        you’re right , but make sure you address me the correct way the next time,, which would be MR assshole to you .

    • alexbaymac - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      To play in Buffalo, you don’t have to live in the city; you understand that, right?

      Upstate NY has some of the nicest, most beautiful places to live…& I was born in NC. For someone who likes 4 seasons & fresh water, there is not much that beats around here. After spending ‘quality time’ in the Carolina-summer-sweats (not THERE’S some sweaty armpits!) …I’ll take a cool breeze off Lake Ontario in a fishing or sail boat any day.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        and you’ll take those un-bearable winters, miserabale people, high taxes and a dying economy , uh yeah, sure you would. oh and btw seeing how im southern born as well and remain in ths south, who ever actually claims they are born in the south and then moves to nys of all places? …. yeah ok lol …

    • vogelmichelle - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      Buffalo is not the armpit of America I am from and live in Phx Az but I am a huge Sabres fan and also I love to vacation in Buffalo yes in the winter and people there are the best. You are just jealous bc when the Sabres play your team it is like a home game for Buffalo. Also stop trolling you troll.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        lol stick to kitchen duties michelle , leave the hockey talk to us guys . oh and the canes arent even my team and you obviously left buffallo for az right?? you sound like a fool right now

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        didnt read your comment all the way through i see that you are an az resident … but for some odd reason defending that craphole up there … a huge sabres female fan in az… sounds pretty bandwagon to me that you cant even support the yotes …

      • at245am - Jul 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        “Mr. President,”

        You really need to get the stick out of your rear end. Resorting to sexism? I can only imagine what you’re the president of. Frightening, really. Funny that you say Michelle looks like a fool when it’s clearly you.

        As for the Canes, I feel like this is a pretty decent pickup. Gerbe has good upside if he can get things going again and get back into his style of play. If not, he could just be a solid AHL guy that could play in the NHL if necessary. For $550K, I can’t see much to dislike here.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      Who cares what a twit like you thinks of living here? No one knows who you are or cares “Mr. President”. Since you call yourself ‘president’ to inflate your own ego, I’m assuming you’re the president of the PTA in some backwards redneck state because you know nothing about the Buffalo area.

      ppphhhttttt!!! Why stop at president? Why not call yourself “King”? What a loser!!!

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        Buffalo is a depressed armpit in the western side of NYS , players have openly mocked and made fun of the city . Now, Im not bashing it’s hockey fanbase at all they are loyal and passionate …. alls I did was make a geographical comparison to NC and that dump in NY… so get yuor panties out of a wad bull-twinkle

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:48 PM

        and who cares what a twit like me thinks?? LOL obviously YOU do seeing how you left a paragraph of a reply going after my screen name… of all things.

        Buffalo fans are so sensitive guess that comes with 40 plus years of constant losing

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      What’s it like, being lonely? Anyways- here’s hoping you get that hug from your dad you so desperately needed- and were so unjustly deprived of.

      • President Charles Logan - Jul 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        lonely?? lol i mean really thats all you can come up with?? .. lemme ask you what’s it like to live in buffalo ny?? … i cant imagine the depression level you must feel waking up to that scene everyday of your awesome life. …. this is a dead end conversation that obviously has no more meaning to carry on with. ….. buffalo fans and residents , sorry for reminding you and reinforcing the facts to you….. enjoy another awful season and .. well awful winter in your happy lives lol

  3. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Gerbe had success before he got beat up NHL style, if he can stay healthy he can definitely contribute, he doesn’t play like he’s that small when he’s healthy, never backs down from anyone.

  4. rabidbillsfan - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    He played his best hockey when paired with Goose and Kaleta. That line was insane, such a high energy level, really hard working, drew penalties, and even scored. Gerebe was a great guy too, I wish him luck, he plays big, and has big time talent, just keep the body off him and he can be productive.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 26, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      I’m just curious…why aren’t you a “rabidsabresfan” if you’re posting on a hockey site?

      • zetaone - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:54 PM

        This isn’t a “hockey site” if you look at the top, there are many other blogs for different sports. All which use the same logins.

  5. billsysabres - Jul 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Have u ever been outside the state of texas

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