The Carolina Hurricanes were able to re-sign one of their more important unrestricted free agents today, Brett Bellemore, to a one-year, two-way contract.
Bellemore will earn $600,000 in the NHL and $150,ooo in the AHL.
Last season, the 25-year-old defenseman played in eight games for the Canes, his first in the NHL, and recorded two assists. He played 68 games for the Charlotte Checkers totaling 13 points.
Bellemore’s strength is his defensive play, which will help his chances of making the Hurricanes’ roster next season.
In the games he played last year for the Canes, I thought Bellemore looked very strong for his first games in the NHL. He was fine in his own end and did not look out of place against NHL competition.
The Ontario native may have a fair chance of making the Hurricanes roster next season, depending on who the team adds in the summer. Bellemore would be a cheap third-pairing option for the Canes at $600,000.
The contract also works well for Bellemore; if he makes the Canes next season, he’ll be due for a raise, which he’ll get in the 2014-15 season.
If Bellemore does not make the Hurricanes roster, the Checkers can definitely use him. Charlotte lost three defenseman, Marc-Andre Gragnani, Justin Krueger and Bobby Raymond, to overseas clubs already this summer and will need those players to be replaced.
Bellemore was drafted by the Hurricanes in the sixth round of the 2007 Draft. He has played three full seasons with the Checkers since the 2010-11 season.