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Canes sign Gerbe to one-year deal

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The Canes have signed former Buffalo Sabres forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $550,000 on the NHL level or $150,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $250,000.

Gerbe, 26, scored five goals and added five assists in 42 games for the Sabres this past season. The 5-foot-5, 178-pounder was also one for two in the shootout, with one game-deciding tally, and averaged 12:30 of ice time per game in his fifth NHL season.

Selected by the Sabres in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Gerbe has 29 goals and 43 assists (72 points) in 188 career NHL games, all with Buffalo. He has appeared in nine Stanley Cup playoff games for the Sabres, earning four points.

Gerbe received the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s most outstanding rookie in 2009, after scoring 30 goals and adding 26 assists in 57 games in his first professional season.

“Nathan has had success on the NHL level and should compete for a job with the Hurricanes during training camp,” Ron Francis, the Canes' vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement.


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Great things come in small packages...wait and see.


Another depth player signed to a minimum 2-way deal. Gerbe has some major league jets if he finds his game. If not, he'll put butts in the seats in Charlotte. No risk signing.

Get Serious!

Is this a joke? If not, Chara et. el must surely be shaking in their collective skates at the thought of being hit by such a 5'5 monster. It's no wonder we're called "a small market team."


I thought the Canes were looking to get bigger?

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.