Sabres re-sign forward Gerbe to multi-year contract

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Buffalo Sabres re-signed restricted free agent forward Nathan Gerbe to a multi-year contract, the team said on Wednesday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gerbe set career highs with 16 goals, 15 assists and 31 points in 64 games for the Sabres last season. He got hot down the stretch, scoring 15 goals in the team's final 40 games.

Gerbe also set a Sabres franchise record for the fastest two goals when he scored twice just five seconds apart during a January 21 game against the New York Islanders.

The 23-year-old former American Hockey League Rookie of the Year was Buffalo's fifth-round selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)