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Buffalo Sabres Waive Nathan Gerbe

And another bites the dust.  If you weren’t tracking on the Buffalo Sabres plan to totally rebuild the roster and head into the 2013-2014 season with a fresh start, then you might want to start counting your chickens.

It is being reported right now that Nathan Gerbe has been placed on waivers by the Buffalo Sabres.  If he clears, he will most likely be bought out and will enter free agency on Friday.

Other than changing the culture and makeup of the team, this buyout doesn’t make sense.  I can’t see the Buffalo Sabres using one of their amnesty buyouts on Nathan Gerbe – unless they feel it necessary and won’t be using the buyouts elsewhere.

Nathan Gerbe was set to enter into the final year of his contract and make just under 1.5 million dollars.  This has to be turning heads in the players living room right now as they wonder who is going to be safe from the rebuild procedure.

There are still plenty of remaining pieces from the old Darcy/Lindy teams that Ron Rolston and company may not want around under the Darcy/Ron years.

The next couple of days should prove to be interesting, it makes you wonder what the Buffalo Sabres will look like when we wake up on Monday morning and the dust starts to settle.

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  • 40plusyearsfrustration

    Weren’t the buy-out provisions made to help a team unburden from the larger, bad contracts? If so, why would they waste one on a small contract; if that’s what they do, rather than a contract such as lieno?
    I possibly see another reason to fire the pathetic, joke of a so-called GM this team has.
    Suffer Sabre fans, suffer!!!

  • davidmuscalo

    I am not surprised that the Sabres decided to drop Gerbe, but to buy him out is just a waste of buyout credits. I could see them buying out Leino or Myers, but not Gerbe. Especially after crowing that they want hard workers and grit.

    • Jes

      why would they buyout myers? the guys a great defenseman stuck on a lousy team. if you wanna buy him out you don’t know what your talking about.

      • davidmuscalo

        Great defensemen? He can’t stick handle, can’t skate, gives up the puck far too often and is out of position too often.

  • qwicwted

    I don’t think Nathan is a complaince buyout – he was waived and if another team claims him than the Sabres won’t owe anything. Otherwise, he would just be a buyout and I think the cap hit would still count against the new cap.
    The compliance buyouts were put into place, not to unburden teams from larger, bad contracts. The buyouts were put in place to help teams get to the new lower salary cap. Unfortunately for some players who signed long term contracts for millions – teams are using them to terminate the contract which won’t count against the salary cap.
    I understand Darcy not wanting to use a compliance buyout for Leino as we have seen glimpses of what he can do when he is healthy. Hopefully this is the year he get’s over his injuries. I also understand them not using it for Tyler Myers as I would also give him one more year to see if he can regain the form he showed a couple of years ago. Having Teppo as the Defensive Coordinator should help as well as our youngsters pushing him.

    • Phil_Cap

      ” Unfortunately for some players who signed long term contracts for millions “. Don’t feel too bad for them. What did Lecavalier get? About $32 Mill to leave Tampa and $25 Mill to play in Philly?
      Phil in Cleveland

      • qwicwted

        Being sarcastic – the one thing you can say about the NHL as compared to most other sports – they do try to keep their salaries at a realistic level. Imagine Jamarcus Russell collecting $36M for 25 games.

    • 40plusyearsfrustration

      Thanks for the explanation. Would hate to waste a compliance buyout on a small contract. As for Gerbe, as much as I admire his attitude, its just to bad he’s just to small. Today’s game needs the bigger players. Maybe the game will change again. Good luck to him.

  • Richard Spalding

    I love Gerbe’s attitude and playing style, but I think it was wise to waive him. Still wondering when the team will move Stafford, though.