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UPDATED: Nathan Gerbe Reportedly Leaving NHL for Swiss League

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Nathan Gerbe might be leaving the NHL for Switzerland. Or he might not be.

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According to NBC Sports and Swiss newspaper sources, Nathan Gerbe is close to signing a deal in the Swiss League with National League A side Geneve-Servette.

Gerbe was a fan favorite at Boston College, spending three seasons with the Eagles from 2005-2008. Gerbe left BC a year early to join the Buffalo Sabres organization and spent the next two seasons splitting time between the AHL and NHL. He then spent 3 seasons playing exclusively in the NHL for the Sabres before joining the Carolina Hurricanes for the 2013-14 season. Gerbe just wrapped up his third season with the Hurricanes, and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Although Gerbe hasn't been hindered much by his smaller size, but he has been plagued by injuries. He played in only 47 games last season due to an ankle injury, and spent his early seasons in the NHL fighting through a back injury. This season, Gerbe scored 3 goals and recorded 4 assists. His career high is 16 goals and 15 assists (2010-11 and 2013-14). Although Gerbe did not get as much playing time as he would've hoped this season, he was an important part of the Hurricanes' community. He continued to participate in various charity events and helped fellow BC hockey alumnus, Noah Hanifin, adjust to NHL life - Hanifin lived with Gerbe and his family during the season.

Update (6/24,1:45 PM): New reports are suggesting that Gerbe is fielding offers from NHL teams and will not be heading to Europe.