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Bellemare agrees to two-year contract with Avalanche

Forward had 15 points with Golden Knights last season

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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.

Financial terms were not released.

The 34-year-old forward had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 76 regular-season games with the Vegas Golden Knights last season and no points in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

 

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"He's a fourth-line center, one of the better fourth-line centers out there," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. "He's going to help with the penalty kill and is great on face-offs. He's a really reliable defensive player and an elite penalty-killer."

Later Monday, the Avalanche acquired center Nazem Kadri in a trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Colorado sent defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Alexander Kerfoot to Toronto as part of the deal.

Signed by the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent June 11, 2014, Bellemare has 65 points (29 goals, 36 assists) in 385 games with the Golden Knights and Flyers, and four assists in 31 NHL playoff games.

Bellemare was seleced by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and had an NHL career-high 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 72 games in 2017-18 to help the Golden Knights advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

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