Rangers forwards Nathan Gerbe and Josh Jooris reportedly have options overseas if they don’t make the final training camp cuts.
According to the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Geneve, Gerbe signed a contract last summer with Geneve-Servette, which was “dissolved” when the center signed a one-year, $600,000 contract with the Blueshirts in July.
But the Swiss team, which may be looking for a replacement for former NHLer Mike Santorelli, retains his rights and would be interested in signing him if the Rangers allow it.
The Rangers have an abundance of depth forwards, and Gerbe, 29, a quality penalty killer who had 29 goals and 37 assists in 206 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in the last three seasons, is certainly in the mix to be on the opening-night roster.
The situation with Jooris, who is 26 and currently sidelined with a groin injury, is slightly different.
A center who also was signed to a one-year, $600,000 contract, Jooris has played just over a minute in the preseason after being injured early in the first preseason game against the Islanders. Head coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday that it was very difficult to evaluate him without seeing him in games. Jooris, competing for a role as a fourth-line center, had 16 goals and 21 assists in 119 games during the last two seasons with Calgary. The Swiss newspaper reported that Jooris, whose father Mark played with Servette, has a “license” to play in Switzerland.
Both players would have to clear NHL waivers if re-assigned to the AHL. Gerbe is an unrestricted free agent after this season; Jooris is a restricted free agent.