The Hurricanes continue to make small moves this summer by signing forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year deal, two-way deal. Gerbe will be paid $550,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL and have $250,000 in guaranteed money. Gerbe has spent his entire career with the Buffalo Sabres, scoring 29 goals & 72 points over 188 and spending the last three full seasons in the NHL. He will likely be competing for a bottom-six spot during training camp.
The one thing people immediately notice about Gerbe is that he is a very small player, standing at only 5'5" on skates and weighing less than 200 lbs. That hasn't stopped him from making it in the NHL, thought as he has been a regular in the Sabres lineup for the last few years. Gerbe's been a fairly effective offensive player, scoring at least 25 points in two of the last three seasons in a third line role. He also loves to hit and is known as an agitator to some parts, so his height hasn't played that much of a difference in the grand scheme.
Overall, he sounds like a smaller, younger version of Chad LaRose. In that he is an undersized, but effective bottom-six forward who can get under the skin of his opponents and tries to hit almost anything that moves. Sabres fans have also admired his grit and how he gives it all on every shift, which isn't too different from what Carolina fans say about LaRose. Gerbe was also a great scorer at Boston College, being a point-per-game player during his sophomore & junior seasons and can provide secondary scoring if he is used in that role. All in all, this looks like a good low-risk move for the Hurricanes and Gerbe will at least provide cheap forward depth, and nothing else.
That being said, there are some concerns here. The biggest of which being that Gerbe was recently had the final year of his contract bought out by the Sabres. Gerbe was making only $1,450,000, so either Gerbe was really bad the last three years or the Sabres didn't see him as part of their rebuild. After the jump, we'll dive into the numbers to see what may have been the reason and what he can bring to the Hurricanes.no comments