According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Nathan Gerbe will not accept his assignment to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, and has been put on waivers before terminating his contract. He will instead go play for a team in the NLA (Switzerland). Gerbe was signed to a one-year, $600K deal earlier this summer, but was cut this week from Rangers camp.
Gerbe, one of the shortest players in professional hockey at 5’5″, has never been much of an offensive contributor, only adding 138 points in his 394 career games. What he has brought though, is an excellent energy presence to a bottom-six role, and the kind of checking ability usually found in a bigger player. He has, periodically, been able to chip in double digit goal totals, mostly by going hard to the net with reckless abandon.
In New York, he thought he’d found a home to ply his trade, but instead the speed checker spot has gone to Michael Grabner instead. He’ll take his talents to Europe, where he’ll likely do well on the bigger rink against smaller opponents. Look for him to be back in the NHL next summer on a PTO.