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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way contract for the rest of the 2017-18 season. 

Gerbe will be placed on waivers for the purposes of assignment to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' affiliate in the American Hockey League. 

The veteran forward has spent the past two campaigns with Genève-Servette HC in the Swiss League, recording 13 goals and 35 points  and 107 penalty minutes in 38 games. He has tallied two goals and seven points and 85 penalty minutes in 19 games with Genève-Servette HC this season.

Originally drafted by the Sabres in the fifth round, 142nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Draft, Gerbe registered 58 goals and 80 assists for 138 points and 172 penalty minutes in 394 career NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes from 2008-16.

The 30-year-old posted four seasons of 25 or more points, including setting career highs in goals and points with 16-15-31 in 64 contests with Buffalo in 2010-11. 

Gerbe is known for being one of the shortest player in the League, standing at 5 foot 4.