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Blue Jackets Sign BC Alum Nathan Gerbe

Gerbe returns to the NHL for the first time since 2016

Columbus Blue Jackets v Carolina Hurricanes Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images

Former Boston College hockey star Nathan Gerbe has found his way back to the NHL after a two year hiatus, signing a one year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. Gerbe played parts of eight seasons in the NHL between 2009 and 2016, spending time with the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. Gerbe never found the offensive firepower that he was known for as an Eagle, but he was a solid player for the majority of his career, collecting 58 goals and 80 assists in his 394 career NHL games. Having last played for Carolina in the 2015-16 season, Gerbe spent the last two years playing in the Swedish League for Genève-Servette HC. He will join the Blue Jackets’ affiliate in Cleveland with the hopes of making it to Columbus for what could be an insane playoff race in the ridiculously packed Metropolitan Division, where first and seventh place are separated by just eight points.

Gerbe, 30, spent three seasons at Boston College, highlighted by a National Championship victory in his final year. He was a Hobey Baker finalist (and should have won) in the same 2007-2008 season, scoring 35 goals and adding 33 assists to lead BC to their title. We wish Nathan the best of luck in his return to the NHL