When the Planet Earth is in its death throes and mass devastation greets all who remain, we will traverse the fire-bombed great plains of North America to find Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Chris VandeVelde, skating in orange jerseys, on the last frozen pond the planet will ever see. They are never leaving us. This is our fate.
The Flyers have signed Bellemare a two-year deal worth $1.45 million per year, according Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. For those counting at home, that’s roughly double what Bellemare makes per year on his current deal of $712,500 per year. Uhhh, OK?
Hearing PHI closing in on extension with P-E Bellemare. Word is two years, $1.45M AAV. I'm a fan.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 1, 2017
As Charlie pointed out in January, Bellemare one of the worst scoring forward at even strength in the NHL over the last three seasons. And he just got 100 percent raise from the Flyers.
The 10 worst scoring 5-on-5 scoring forwards, 2014-17
|1||JOSEFSON, JACOB||New Jersey||155||5||10||0.19||0.37||0.56|
|7||SHORE, NICK||Los Angeles||164||8||16||0.27||0.55||0.82|
|9||GIONTA, STEPHEN||NY Islanders||154||6||16||0.23||0.61||0.84|
|10||REAVES, RYAN||St. Louis||205||12||12||0.43||0.43||0.86|
A $1.45 million per year fourth liner? That’s a lot of money for a good fourth liner, let alone one with the complete lack of scoring ability or play driving ability that Bellemare’s shown.
I suppose there’s also this:
Re: PEB extension talk , he is a candidate for expansion draft exposure but I think he stays.— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) March 1, 2017
A big contract could theoretically help Bellemare get taken in the expansion draft since Vegas is going to need to hit a minimum salary number, but you’re still putting the ball in another team’s court here.