The Canes have signed defenseman Brett Bellemore to a one-year, two-way contract that will pay him $600,000 on the NHL level or $150,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $250,000.

Bellemore, 25, made his NHL debut with the Canes on March 21, and registered two assists and seven penalty minutes in eight NHL games during the 2012-13 season.

Bellemore scored two goals and earned 11 assists (13 points) in 68 AHL games with the Charlotte Checkers in 2012-13. He led all Checkers defenseman with a plus-11 plus/minus rating.