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.
Canes GM Ron Francis says he continues to talk with Brett Bellemore, who remains unsigned. Says nothing imminent.
— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 11, 2014
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.