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Hurricanes sign Bellemore to one year, two-way deal

Jul 26, 2014, 10:08 AM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes signed big, physical defenseman Brett Bellemore to a one-year, two-way deal on Friday. The contract is worth $600K at the NHL level and goes down to $175K in the AHL.

Hurricanes blog Canes Country expressed some surprise that the Hurricanes managed to sign the 26-year-old blueliner to a flexibility-friendly two-way deal, and it’s easy to see why that was a slight upset. Bellemore managed to play 64 games with the Hurricanes in 2013-14, finishing with the most hits of any defenseman with 169 in that span.

He also put up some respectable possession numbers, particularly for a player who is mainly useful in his own end (eight points last season). Granted, he certainly benefited from his time spent with traditionally strong possession defenseman Ron Hainsey, which was a common pairing for Carolina last season.

This signing gives the Hurricanes eight defensemen with a reasonable chance to make the NHL, so despite a fairly solid run last season, this will be an important training camp run for Bellemore. Even if Bellemore bounces between the AHL and NHL, this signing still gives the Hurricanes some nice depth to cushion the blow of injuries.

For an interesting look at how well Bellemore played at times with Hainsey, 33, last season, click here.

  1. storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Analytics & stats mentioned in this article but Bellemore doesn’t pass the eye test. Of the group of 8, he is definitely the one most likely to not make the squad unless the Canes have another move up their sleeves before game #1.

  2. lowenni - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I actually thought Brett Bellemore did a pretty good job for the Canes last season. As storminator points out statistics can only point out so much, but they do show he was extremely physical, as well as a great penalty killer and the eye test proves that one too. I’m surprised they were able to get him on a two-way contract, if Deryk Engelland could get 3 mil somewhere than Bellemore probably could’ve gotten a one-way contract somewhere if he wanted out of Carolina after their two-way offer. That all being said, if Ryan Murphy emerges as the defenseman he’s supposed to be, he’ll likely take that third pair right-handed spot that was Bellemore’s.

    Sekera-Faulk
    Hainsey-Liles/Gleason
    Gleason/Liles-Murphy

    Don’t know what Joni Pitkanen’s injury status is. Komisarek and Harrison as the 7/8 D-men.

    • storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      Pitkanen is a UFA now and, unfortunately, it looks like he isn’t going to ever lace ‘em up again. Still can’t walk on that bad foot.

    • storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM

      I have to respectfully disagree, lowenni. Bellemore’s foot speed and overall acumen will not improve. He gave up position to opposing NHL forwards and got caught flat footed more times than he should have been.

      It all leads to the reason he couldn’t find a contract with another team and why he had to settle on almost league minimum on a two-way contract back with the Canes. Bellemore is a fringe borderline player but gives the Canes good depth if he can be shuttled back & forth to Charlotte without being lost on waivers.

      • storminator16 - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        I meant “fringe NHL player”, not a borderline player. I don’t want to come off as I’m insulting players. Bellemore is a good pro player but not a serviceable NHL player.

    • storminator16 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      Furthermore….I would bury Ryan Murphy in Charlotte. Kid needs to learn how to play pro defense against bigger forwards. If this kid was a Western conference team’s prospect we wouldn’t be having a NHL roster discussion about hiim. I never understand the draft selection; Rutherford picked a weird pick.

  3. raleighcaniac - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Gleason better find his game not like when he got traded to Leafs. I would take Bellemore’s passion over Gleasons scowl and lost passion. He used to be so good.

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