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Nathan Gerbe Enjoying Second Chance with Carolina Hurricanes

February 26th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Nathan Gerbe was always told he was too small to play in the NHL.

'Jeff Skinner, Nathan Gerbe' photo (c) 2013, Jennifer C - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

He answered that criticism by being drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, where he played the first five years of his career. However, since the Sabres bought him out of his contract this past offseason, Gerbe has found new life in Carolina.

"It's been nice. All I wanted was an opportunity, and Carolina gave me that," Gerbe said after Carolina's loss to the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday. "It's my job to seize it and show them what I can do."

What Gerbe has done, is score 12 goals on the season, which is just four shy of his career high (16) that he scored in the 2010-2011 campaign with the Sabres. His 26 points on the year is just five points shy of his career high (31) that he also registered with Buffalo that season. 

While Gerbe continues to excel for the Hurricanes, he is happy for the opportunity to play, and was taken back when Buffalo exercised their buyout option on him last season.

"It always comes as a shock," Gerbe said. "But it's a business. You don't put anything, I guess, against it. I just want to carry on and have a good career."

Gerbe's career seems has been aided by Buffalo's decision to let him go. He will likely have a career season with Carolina this year, as the Hurricanes battle for a playoff spot, while the Sabres are in full rebuild mode, and expect to trade star goaltender Ryan Miller in the next week. 

Gerbe is known across the NHL as a small, but hard-working player, and is definitely one that Hurricanes fans can embrace. They will certainly do so if he continues to produce at the rate he is currently.

Tags: Carolina, Carolina Hurricanes, Hockey, NHL

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