New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Nathan Gerbe.
Gerbe, 28, has skated in 394 career NHL games over parts of eight seasons (2008-09 – 2015-16) with Buffalo and Carolina, registering 58 goals and 80 assists for 138 points, along with 172 penalty minutes. He has recorded 10 or more goals in a season three times in his career, and he notched a career-high 16 goals in 2010-11 with the Sabres and 2013-14 with the Hurricanes. In addition, Gerbe has been on the ice for only 20 power play goals against while logging 247:03 of shorthanded ice time throughout his career. He has skated in nine career NHL playoff contests, registering four points (three goals, one assist).
The 5-5, 178-pounder skated in 47 games with Carolina this past season, registering three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He was on the ice for only four power play goals against while logging 48:59 of ice time while shorthanded in 2015-16. The Hurricanes earned a point in five of the seven contests which Gerbe tallied a point during the past season (4-2-1 record).
Gerbe has also skated in 101 career American Hockey League (AHL) games over parts of two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10), registering 41 goals and 53 assists for 94 points, along with 109 penalty minutes. He received the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as AHL Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, as he tallied 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) in 57 games with the Portland Pirates.
Prior to beginning his professional career, Gerbe played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College (2005-06 – 2007-08), registering 133 points (71 goals, 62 assists) in 123 games. In his final season at Boston College, Gerbe helped the Eagles win the National Championship, was named Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four, led the NCAA in goals (35) and points (68), and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey.
Internationally, the Oxford, Michigan, native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Gerbe helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF U18 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF U18 World Championship.
Gerbe was selected by the Sabres in the fifth round, 142nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.