Dec 29, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore (73) skates after the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Hurricanes 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agent Rumors: Brett Bellemore in Talks with Carolina Hurricanes

Brett Bellemore officially hit the open market on July 1, leaving the Carolina Hurricanes organization for the first time in his professional career.

Nearly two weeks later, it appears that the door is still open for Brett Bellemore to potentially return to the Carolina Hurricanes organization.

Per reports, the former Canes defenseman has been in talks with Ron Francis, General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Carolina Hurricanes.

In 72 NHL regular season games, Brett Bellemore has tallied 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) and is a -3 player in those games.

The 2013-2014 season was Brett Bellemore’s first full year in the NHL. In 64 games played, Bellemore scored 2 goals and had 6 assists. He had a -1 rating last season with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Brett Bellemore was a common fixture on the Carolina Hurricanes’ penalty kill last season, and he was one of the best penalty killers in the NHL, statistically.

Talks between the Carolina Hurricanes and Brett Bellemore originally reached an impasse because the Bellemore camp was looking for too much money.

Obviously, Brett Bellemore has not gotten the money he sought after going into free agency, so the Carolina Hurricanes may be able to get Brett Bellemore back on a reasonable deal for next season.

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