The Carolina Hurricanes have signed Nathan Gerbe on a one-year, two-way deal on Friday. Gerbe will earn $550,000 in the NHL and $150,000 in the AHL, with a guarantee of at least $250,000.
Carolina V.P of hockey operations Ron Francis says that “Nathan has had success on the NHL level and should compete for a job with the Hurricanes during training camp,”
The 26 year-old Gerbe was drafted by Buffalo Sabres in 2005 NHL Draft. He played 188 NHL games with the Sabres and recorded 72 points by notching 29 goals and 43 assists. He has appeared in nine Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring four points by posting three goals and one assist.
In the last season (2012-13), he posted five goals and assisted five goals in 42 games.
After the agreement Gerbe told media that “Something that drives me and fuels me is being a player who’s tough to play against”
“Get out on the ice, get rolling gets the energy going and help my team any way I can. It’s going to be different playing for another team but I’m fired up to get down there.” he added.
The left winger, Gerbe was kept on waivers in July by the Sabres and bought out the final year of his contract for one-third the cost of his salary. He will earn $616,605; while he was due to make $1.85 million in this season.
Gerbe had undergone a spinal surgery in 2012 July. It took seven months to return to the game after the surgery.
“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.”