Carolina Hurricanes sign forward Brendan Lemieux to one-year contract


The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Brendan Lemieux to a one-year contract, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday morning.

Lemieux, 27, had two goals and nine points in 45 games split between the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers during the 2022-23 regular season. He also racked up 74 penalty minutes.

At the 2023 trade deadline, the Kings traded the six-foot-one, 215-pound left wing to the Flyers along with a 2024 fifth-round pick in exchange for similar forward Zack MacEwen. Lemieux had six points (two goals, four assists) in 18 games with the Flyers to conclude the season.

According to Friedman, Lemieux’s new contract with the Hurricanes carries an NHL cap of $800,000.

The Buffalo Sabers originally selected Lemieux in the second round (31st overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft. The Denver, Colorado product – whose father is longtime NHL agitator Claude Lemieux – never played for the Sabers before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in the blockbuster Evander trade Kane/Tyler Myers.

Lemieux made his debut for the Jets in the 2017-18 season, but was sent to the New York Rangers the following year as part of Winnipeg’s delay deal to bring in forward Kevin Hayes.

It was on Broadway that Lemieux firmly established himself as an NHL regular, skating in 59 games and setting career highs in points (18) and penalty minutes (111) with the club during the season. 2019-2020. He also made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut that year.

Midway through the 2020-21 season, the Rangers traded Lemieux to the Kings in exchange for a 2021 fourth-round draft pick. He spent part of three seasons in Los Angeles before being sent to the Flyers more early this year.

In 275 career games spanning six NHL seasons between the Jets, Rangers, Kings and Flyers, Lemieux had 33 goals, 69 points and 484 penalty minutes (while also being included in four midfield trades). season). He added one goal in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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