The Carolina Hurricanes continued their movement of signing skilled players to compete for jobs by signing Buffalo Sabre-outcast Nathan Gerbe to a one-year/two-way contract today.
Gerbe will earn $550,000 in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL.
The Michigan native had a successful college career at Boston College earning the Hobey Baker Award despite his diminutive size at 5-5.
Gerbe had some good years in Buffalo, scoring 31 points and 25 in a row, but had this past season was a tough one for Gerbe, who only scored 10 points in 42 games.
The Sabres elected to buyout Gerbe’s final year of a 1.45 million contract and sent him into free agency.
This should turn out to be a low-risk/high-reward signing for the Canes. Gerbe could rebound and become a scorer again and if that does not happen, he’ll be sent to the Checkers, where he can help lead their offense.
Gerbe will most likely compete for the right wing spot on the line with Elias Lindholm and Jeff Skinner. He could be a good addition to the line that will be counted on to score.
However, Gerbe does not fit the bill of the Canes need to get bigger in the bottom six. Because of this, don’t expect him to play on the fourth line.
In short, this could be a good signing for the Canes, if it does not work out, the team will not lose any sleep over it.