The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to a two-year contract. The contract will carry a $1 million cap hit. The Lightning have already made a number of moves today, including bringing back defenseman Zach Bogosian who is expected to be on the NHL roster, and a bunch of depth players for the Syracuse Crunch. In signing Bellemare, the Lightning are adding a very solid piece to their bottom six.
Bellemare was never drafted and is a native of France. Before coming to the NHL in 2014-15, he spent eight seasons playing in Sweden at various levels. The Philadelphia Flyers signed him as a 29 year old and he made his North America debut in the NHL. He spent his first three seasons in the NHL with the Flyers and posted 17 goals and 34 points over 237 games. He then moved to Vegas in 2017-18 and spent two seasons with them posting 31 points in 148 games. Bellemare has spent the past two seasons with Colorado putting up 33 points 122 games. Overall, he has 507 games played in the NHL with 47 goals and 98 points.