Sabres return rookie forward Nathan Gerbe to Portland of AHL

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Buffalo Sabres re-assigned rookie forward Nathan Gerbe to their AHL team in Portland on Wednesday, clearing the way for centre Paul Gaustad to make his return from a shoulder injury that has sidelined him the past six games.

The five-foot-six Gerbe was on his second stint with the Sabres, but has been unable to provide much offence. In 10 games, he’s picked up just one assist.

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Gaustad was hurt in a game against Toronto on Feb. 4. His return will bolster the power play, where he gives the Sabres a big body in front of the net.

The Sabres (30-22-6), who play Philadelphia on Thursday, have 66 points, tying them with Montreal, Florida, and the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference. They currently sit sixth based on tiebreakers.