On top of adding Chris Wideman and David Savard, the Habs have added some right-shot depth in the minors, agreeing to terms with Louis Belpedio on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $750,000 in the NHL, $225,000 in the minors, and has a total guarantee of $300,000.
The 25-year-old became a Group VI unrestricted free agent today as he has four years of professional experience but only four career NHL games under his belt. Belpedio spent most of the season with AHL Iowa and Minnesota’s taxi squad, getting into 23 minor league contests, posting eight points. He reached the 20-point plateau in each of his previous two seasons.
Belpedio is likely to play an impact role with Laval who only has Josh Brook as a capable right-shot defender. He’s also someone that can be called upon as a recall when injuries arise and the extra guarantee in the contract suggests that they anticipate that they will need to call upon him at some point next season. He will need to clear waivers to get the Rocket but did clear waivers back at training camp. Notably, he will not count against Laval’s veteran limit.