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Breaking: Former NHL'er has his contract terminated, to return to North America?

Someone has to give the guy a chance.

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Europe is typically where failed NHL'ers migrate to when they have nowhere else to go and want to continue playing hockey at a professional level. Whether be in the KHL, Sweden, Switzerland, or other leagues, you'll find a plethora of recognizable names all over the place.

One such name was the smallest player in recent memory to suit up in the National Hockey League - Nathan Gerbe.

Perhaps you remember him for this absolutely beautiful goal. Speed and skill were on full display.

Or how about that time he scored 2 goals in a span of 5 seconds.

Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in 2005 and later a member of the Carolina Hurricanes, Gerbe moved onto the National League in Switzerland to play with Geneve Servette. His first season there was commendable, as he put up 28 points in 26 games.

This season was much less impressive, with a meagre 7 points in 19 games. The team could not justify paying him his contract any longer - one that would go through the end of the 2018-19 season.

They have decided to part ways.

It is unclear where Gerbe will go from here - he may try his luck again in Europe, or attempt a return in North America. The odds of him making an NHL team at age 30 is far from likely, but he could foreseeably find himself a position on an AHL team.

He had 138 points in 394 games played in the National Hockey league - which isn't all bad. His size has always been an issue in his career, but with the league trending towards a speed game and smaller players dominating it, the North American game may have a place for him now more than ever.