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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Gerbe (hip) sidelined 4-6 months

Feb 14, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) skates against New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Nathan Gerbe (24) skates against New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) in the second period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Gerbe is expected to be out four to six months after undergoing hip surgery, the team announced Saturday.

Gerbe tweeted a photo Friday from his hospital bed, giving a thumbs up.

“Obstacles are neither good or bad. Like a cup is neither good or bad,” he wrote. “Depends on what you fill them with #recovery #challenges”

This is the latest surgery for Gerbe, 34, who has had multiple injuries throughout his career. In 2019 alone, he had surgery to repair his hip labrum and bilateral hernia surgeries.

The Buffalo Sabres selected the 5-foot-4 Gerbe in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft. In 435 career games with the Sabres (2008-13), Carolina Hurricanes (2013-16) and Blue Jackets (2017-18, 2019-21), he has 151 points (63 goals, 88 assists).

He appeared in just nine games for the Blue Jackets last season, contributing one goal and two assists.

–Field Level Media