NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
Nathan Gerbe has spent most of his life trying to prove people wrong.
Usually that revolves around his size; he's listed at 5-foot-5, 178 pounds. Now, though, he's out to prove to one specific group of people, the decision-makers with the Buffalo Sabres, that buying out the final year of his contract was a mistake.
Gerbe spent three weeks in July looking for a job, finally signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes that will pay him $550,000 if he's in the NHL.
"Nathan has had success on the NHL level and should compete for a job with the Hurricanes during training camp," Ron Francis, vice president of hockey operations, said in announcing the deal.
Gerbe has plans on doing more than just competing for a job. He's planning on winning one and making the most of his chances in Carolina.