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Say goodbye to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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He played for the Colorado Avalanche for two seasons. He did a really respectable job as the team’s fourth-line center for two winning seasons. But the time of Pierre-Edouard Bellemare with the Avs will officially end on July 28. The Avs will not attempt to re-sign him as an unrestricted free agent.

The Avs, who are still trying to sign at least two potential UFAs, Gabe Landeskog and Philipp Grubauer – plus some other restricted free agents including Cale Makar, Tyson Jost and Conor Timmins – just don’t have the money to give to a UFA like Pierre-Edouard Bellemare.

In his two years with the Avs, Bellemare, 36, played 122 regular-season games, with 18 goals and 15 assists. In 25 playoff games, he had two goals and four assists. He was an excellent faceoff guy for the Avs, winning 60.75% of his draws this past season, and he played regularly on the penalty-killing unit. Prior to signing a two-year, free-agent deal with the Avs Bellemare played for the Vegas Golden Knights.

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It remains to be seen how the Avs attempt to fill his fourth-line center role. They could try to sign another free agent on the 28th, or promote from within with a player such as Shane Bowers or another prospect.

The Avs currently have about $23 million in cap space, but are trying to sign Landeskog and Grubauer as UFAs, and are uncertain if they might have more cap space after July 21, when the NHL’s expansion draft with the Seattle Kraken happens. The Avs will lose one regular roster player to Seattle.

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Joshua Canfield

It’s too bad to Bellemare go. I thought he played his role admirably and seemed to be a good presence in the locker room, especially for the younger players.

Depending on how the Expansion Draft shakes out and if we can sign Landeskog and Grubauer, I wouldn’t be surprised is Sakic tried to promote from within. I’d love to see Bowers get his shot.

[…] Colorado: Another scoop for CHN. His agent confirmed heavy fourth line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will hit free agency on July 28.  […]

ricoflashback

A class act all the way. Some team will be rewarded with his stellar play and great locker room presence. A “glue” guy that will fit on any roster. Good penalty killer and excellent on face-offs – – an area the Avalanche always have problems with.

DK

Sad. An elder statesman of the game and one of the most enthusiastic players and authentic leaders I’ve ever seen. Totally deserves a C on his sweater no matter where he ends up.

PhatMatt

33 points in reg season for a 4 line player is probably tops in the NHL (I didn’t research). I’d throw something at him in free agency.

I also really respect his he led the team voice from minority players during the bubble timeframe. Class act. Leader on and off the ice, and in the face of adversity.

I think we’re going to miss those stats…

Enzo

Great person and solid 4th line center.. He will be missed! Best of luck Belly!

[…] Colorado: Another scoop for CHN. His agent confirmed–heavy fourth line center Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will hit free agency on July 28.  […]

The PG

The realities of a flat cap season. He’s a great guy, and worth his salary, but I think most people would agree the money available to the Avs front office needs to be spent elsewhere on the roster.

Matt Briggle

Sad to see him go, and I hope he gets the contract he deserves somewhere good. This guy has coach written all over him and wouldn’t be surprised to see him working his way up through those ranks in the not too distant future.

John

Maybe an unpopular move with the fans and sports writers, but a good hockey move. PEB can easily be replaced with LOC. Actually LOC would be a significant upgrade in the level of peskiness and energy that the 4th line severely lacked with the absence of Calvert for most of the season. In fact, I predict that LOC will be protected from Seattle as LOC will play heavy minutes on the 4th line and penalty kill.

[…] Keep in mind: the Avs aren’t going to gain any room under the cap if they both leave. They don’t have contracts for next season. According to PuckPedia, the Avs have about $17.1 million in cap space right now, with five key guys from last season’s team unsigned: Landeskog, Grubauer, Brandon Saad, Tyson Jost and Conor Timmins. (I’m not including P.E. Bellemare here, because he’s leaving as a UFA for sure). […]

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