Nathan Gerbe Inks One-Year, Two-way Deal with Blue Jackets, Placed on Waivers for Purpose of Assignment to Monsters
NHL veteran logged 2-5-7 in 19 appearances for Genève Servette HC in Switzerland’s NLA this season.
The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Wednesday that the Blue Jackets signed veteran center Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract for the remainder of the 2017-18 season and subsequently will place Gerbe on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Cleveland. In 19 appearances for Genève Servette HC in the Swiss NLA this season, Gerbe posted 2-5-7 with 85 penalty minutes and a -11 rating.
A 5’5”, 178 lb., left-handed native of Oxford, MI, Gerbe, 30, was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. In 394 career NHL appearances spanning parts of eight seasons with Buffalo and the Carolina Hurricanes from 2008-16, Gerbe supplied 58-80-138 with 172 penalty minutes and a -21 rating. In parts of two AHL seasons with the Portland Pirates from 2008-10, Gerbe notched 41-53-94 with 109 penalty minutes and a -3 rating in 101 appearances, claimed the 2009 Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL’s Rookie of the Year, and was named to the 2010 AHL All-Star Team.
Prior to his professional career, Gerbe accumulated 71-62-133 with 216 penalty minutes and a +43 rating in 123 NCAA appearances for Boston College spanning three seasons from 2005-08. Gerbe helped the Eagles claim the National Championship in 2008 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Gerbe twice represented Team USA in the IIHF U20 World Junior Championships (2006, 2007) and helped the Americans claim Bronze Medal honors in the 2007 tournament. Gerbe has spent the past season-plus with the NLA’s Genève Servette HC, contributing 13-22-35 with 107 penalty minutes and a -2 rating in 45 combined appearances spanning the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns.
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