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Gerbe waived, Sabres planning buyout

Nathan Gerbe

This Sept. 20, 2011 photo shows Buffalo Sabres’ Nathan Gerbe, left, talking with Tyler Ennis, right, during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y. Terry Pegula doesn’t know or frankly care how much he’s spent on buying the Buffalo Sabres or adding salary with an objective to turn the team into a bona fide contender. (AP Photo/David Duprey)


Looks as though Nathan Gerbe’s time in Buffalo is up.

The Sabres put Gerbe on waivers Wednesday with the purpose of buying out his contract, the Buffalo News reports (as per TSN).

Gerbe -- who, at 5-foot-5, is the NHL’s shortest player -- has spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo, scoring a career-high 16 goals and 31 points during the 2010-11 campaign.

The 25-year-old had struggled with health issues over the last few years. He began this season on injured reserve after undergoing back/neck surgery during the lockout and, when activated, failed to make much of an impact offensively, scoring just 5G-5A-10PTS in 42 games.

The former Boston College standout has one year left on his three-year, $4.35 million deal.

UPDATE: The Sabres have informed the Buffalo News it’s a regular buyout of Gerbe’s deal, not a compliance buyout. So they’re on the hook for all of his cap hit.

It should be noted that GM Darcy Regier has said numerous times this offseason that the club didn’t expect to use its compliance buyouts -- including during yesterday’s free agency preview presser.