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Gerbe out to ‘prove everyone wrong’ after buyout, signing

Jul 27, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT

Nathan Gerbe #42 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates his shorthanded goal at 8:19 of the third period against Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 3, 2013 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Sabres 3-2 in the shootout.
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Forward Nathan Gerbe signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes for the 2013-14 campaign. Now he’s out to prove the Buffalo Sabres wrong for making him an unrestricted free agent in the first place.

It wasn’t so long ago that Gerbe’s career seemed to be swinging upwards. He broke out in 2010-11 with 16 goals and 31 points in 64 games with the Buffalo Sabres. The following season, he started his three-year, $4.35 million deal, but nothing went right.

“I was hurt in 2011 and it was something I didn’t notice right away,” Gerbe, 26, told the News & Observer. “I kept going and played 40-some games, which probably did not help me. I got to the point I struggled to take off my skates and put on my clothes.

“My recovery from surgery took about seven months. I was cleared to work out the day the lockout ended, and I jumped right into games, without a workout, which may not have been the smartest thing to do. But I’ve gotten stronger in the offseason and feel healthy and ready to go.”

As a result, Gerbe had just 11 goals and 35 points in 104 contests over the last two seasons. Still, he was “a little shocked” when the news came that the Sabres were going to buy the final season of his contract.

“It becomes something that drives you to work harder,” he said. “I want to prove everyone wrong, and especially prove it to one team up North.”

The Hurricanes only have 10 forwards signed to one-way contracts, so there’s certainly an opening for Gerbe to earn a spot on the team’s opening game roster.

  1. grigointhefirst - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Going to miss Gerbe playing for the Sabres. I love his style of play, plays every shift with a huge heart and like it’s his last. He had some pretty big moments for Buffalo and will be missed. Never forget the backhand spin-o-rama against philly. going to hate to see him in those rags that canes fans call a jersey.

    • tomatogrizzly - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:48 PM

      Wow, a buffalo fan calling another teams jersey “rags”. Really? Should you be talking?

    • tomatogrizzly - Jul 27, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      …the “buffaslug”.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    I agree but I like the new jerseys , I’ve always liked the hurricanes for the way that they play

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 27, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I still don’t understand why the Sabres wasted a buyout on Gerbe’s almost non-existent cap hit. Especially with Ville Leino being paid handsomely to do nothing. I guess they see more chance of turnaround in Leino than Gerbe. But there’s a chance someone would’ve given Buffalo a low pick in a trade. Montreal could use another 5’5″ forward… kidding of course. Even if there’s no one deserving of that buyout on the roster it’s still a waste. They could’ve stashed most of his salary in Rochester if they wanted.

    • zetaone - Jul 27, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      it wasn’t a compliance buyout.

  4. claudster7 - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Grebe plays with a lot of heart and I hope he succeeds with his new team. He just couldn’t work his way off the fourth line and there are not many scoring chances to be found playing with John Scott.

  5. kgun80 - Jul 27, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Wish the guy luck… You never know look at Briere… He was on his way out before a change if scenery (coming to Buffalo) rejuvenated his career. As of now I’d have to say the guy is an AHL player

  6. buffhockeynutt - Jul 28, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    While the Sabres were re-defining ‘lack of passion’ last season, at least you’d notice Gerbe when he played. With absolutely nothing to cheer for with this team, seeing a player leave that gave a crap out there is a bit sad. Certainly, he’s not a 30 goal man, but I think hockey fans get my point.

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