Danny DeKeyser
Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser: Secures six-year contract extension
Danny DeKeyser, D, DET
9:24 AM
News: DeKeyser agreed to terms with the Red Wings on a six-year, $30 million contract extension Tuesday, ESPN reports.

This is a lucrative contract for DeKeyser, but the Wings worked out the deal knowing they could ill-afford to lose a top-four defenseman who's proficient on both ends of the rink. The 26-year-old has compiled 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) over the last two seasons. However, DeKeyser owners wouldn't mind if he started picking up more time on the man advantage after logging 0:33 in that special teams scenario in 2015-16.

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Scott Harrington
Blue Jackets' Scott Harrington: Signs one-year deal with Columbus
Scott Harrington, D, CLB
7/25/2016
News: Harrington signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blue Jackets on Monday.

Harrington made 15 brief appearances for Toronto in 2015-16 as he averaged a mere 13:06 in ice time and tallied a lone helper. Acquired via trade this offseason, the blueliner is likely to spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the AHL, but could be called up from time to time due to injuries.

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Frank Corrado
Maple Leafs' Frank Corrado: Re-signs with Toronto
Frank Corrado, D, TOR
7/25/2016
News: Corrado re-signed with the Maple Leafs for a one-year deal Monday.

Corrado was claimed off waivers by Toronto early in the 2015-16 season and went out to play in 39 contests were he registered 26 PIM and 46 shots on goal while averaging 14:27 in ice time per night. The 23-year-old is unlikely to be on fantasy owners' radars, even in the deepest of leagues, given his limited sample size, just 67 career NHL games, and lack of production from the blue line, eight career points.

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Brett Bellemore
Brett Bellemore: Signs with KHL team
Brett Bellemore, D, NYR
7/24/2016
News: Bellemore signed a one-year contract Sunday with HC Kunlun Red Star of the KHL, Patrick Williams of NHL.com reports.

Bellemore, 28, failed to see any NHL action last season as a member of the Bruins organization, instead playing exclusively with AHL Providence. He accumulated just six points in 56 games, numbers that didn't exactly help his cause in making his way back to the NHL. He'll likely see a pay raise by heading overseas, but Bellemore has little chance of reappearing on the NHL radar down the road.

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Luke Schenn
Coyotes' Luke Schenn: Inks two-year deal with Arizona
Luke Schenn, D, ARI
7/23/2016
News: Schenn signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Coyotes on Saturday.

Schenn appeared in 29 games with the Flyers last season, tallying five points (two goals, three assists) while registering a minus-7 rating, before being traded to the Kings in January, where he added 11 points (two goals, nine assists) with a plus-5 rating over 43 games. The 6-foot-3 26-year-old blueliner will likely slot into a bottom-pairing role with his new club in 2016-17, and won't be worth owning in the majority of fantasy leagues due to his lack of offensive upside.

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Ryan O'Byrne
Ryan O'Byrne: Retires from hockey
Ryan O'Byrne, D, TOR
7/23/2016
News: O'Byrne has announced his retirement from professional hockey after 10 years.

O'Byrne has run the gamut with hockey, having played in six different leagues since his career began in 2001-02. The 32-year-old recorded 39 points and 369 PIM in 308 NHL games between the Canadiens, Avalanche and Maple Leafs, respectively. O'Byrne said that he plans to return to Cornell University to finish his degree.

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Matt Donovan
Matt Donovan: Reaches deal to play in Sweden
Matt Donovan, D, BUF
7/22/2016
News: Donovan signed a contract with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League on Thursday, TSN reports.

Donovan was the Islanders' fourth-round (96th overall) draft pick in 2008, but he only managed to play in 69 NHL games since then. The 26-year-old blueliner is quite talented, having been named to the All-Rookie squad with AHL Bridgeport in 2011-12, and there's a chance that he'll be able to resurrect his career overseas.

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Connor Carrick
Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Inks two-year extension with Buds
Connor Carrick, D, TOR
7/22/2016
News: Carrick agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Friday.

When you have a rebuilding team like the Leafs, it's tough to keep track of all of the prospects assembled to morph the original six franchise back to respectability. However, Carrick stands out from the bunch as he led the AHL's Marlies with 18 points in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Originally drafted by the Capitals in 2012, Carrick has 53 NHL games under his belt at the age of 22. He'll compete for a spot on the opening-night roster in training camp this fall.

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Erik Burgdoerfer
Sabres' Erik Burgdoerfer: Pens deal with Sabres
Erik Burgdoerfer, D, WAS
7/21/2016
News: Burgdoerfer agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with Buffalo on Thursday.

Burgdoerfer has yet to make his NHL debut as he spent the last two years in the AHL following a five-year stint with ECHL Bakersfield. The 27-year-old has probably been added more for organizational depth than as a future starter on the Sabres' blue line. Fantasy owners can let him pass even in the deepest of leagues given his limited production in the minors, 20 points in 74 contests last campaign, and the unlikelihood of him getting called up any time soon.

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Andrey Pedan
Canucks' Andrey Pedan: Finalizes one-year, two-way deal
Andrey Pedan, D, VAN
7/19/2016
News: Pedan agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Vancouver on Tuesday.

Pedan appeared in 13 contests for the Canucks last season in which he logged 10:57 in ice time per night while also recording 18 PIM. The blueliner has yet to record his first NHL point and will likely see only a minor uptick in the number of games he plays during the 2016-17 campaign, thereby limiting his fantasy value.

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