Ron Francis, General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Carolina Hurricanes, announced on Friday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with defenseman Brett Bellemore.
The deal will pay Brett Bellemore $600,000 in the NHL and $175,000 in the AHL during the 2014-2015 season.
Brett Bellemore, 26, scored 2 goals and had 6 assists in 64 games played with the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2013-2014 NHL regular season.
Talks between the Carolina Hurricanes and Brett Bellemore reached an impasse when Bellemore was reportedly asking for too much money. Brett Bellemore’s high expectations were not met in free agency, so he opted to return to the Carolina Hurricanes on a two-way deal.
Though Brett Bellemore spent all of last season in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes, he may see a decreased role in the upcoming season due to increased depth on the blue line with the re-addition of Tim Gleason and the continued development of Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy.
The return of Brett Bellemore only makes the Carolina Hurricanes better. He proved last year that he can handle playing in a 4-5 defenseman role, and if he can do it again, it will make the Carolina Hurricanes’ defense very good.
Brett Bellemore’s 169 hits ranked 2nd on the Carolina Hurricanes and 2nd amongst rookie defensemen during the 2013-2014 season.
The former 6th round draft pick ranked tied for 2nd on the Carolina Hurricanes in penalty minutes with 45.