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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is coming back to the Flyers on a two-year deal

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And a raise.

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Опубліковано Broad Street Hockey: For Philadelphia Flyers Fans 1 березень 2017 р.

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?

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

# Player Name Team GP G A G/60 A/60 Points/60
# Player Name Team GP G A G/60 A/60 Points/60
1 JOSEFSON, JACOB New Jersey 155 5 10 0.19 0.37 0.56
2 BELLEMARE, PIERRE-EDOUARD Philadelphia 217 14 11 0.37 0.29 0.67
3 TOOTOO, JORDIN Chicago 170 11 7 0.43 0.27 0.70
4 STOLL, JARRET Minnesota 153 7 13 0.25 0.46 0.70
5 DESJARDINS, ANDREW Chicago 181 11 11 0.36 0.36 0.73
6 LAZAR, CURTIS Ottawa 176 9 16 0.28 0.49 0.77
7 SHORE, NICK Los Angeles 164 8 16 0.27 0.55 0.82
8 MACKENZIE, DEREK Florida 208 12 16 0.35 0.47 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
11 DESLAURIERS, NICOLAS Buffalo 183 11 15 0.37 0.5 0.87
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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:

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.