Brandon Manning
Flyers, Manning Agree On One-Year Deal
Brandon Manning, D, PHI
8/27/2014
News: Brandon Manning signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Brandon Manning was one of the more productive offensive rearguards in the AHL last season, scoring eight goals and 23 assists over 73 games for Adirondack. He earned a late-season promotion to the Flyers and appeared in six games, totaling two assists. He'll be given the opportunity to compete for a role on the blue line with the parent club in training camp, but more likely than not, he'll head back to the AHL to begin the 2014-15 campaign.

Tomas Kaberle
Kaberle Hoping For NHL Comeback
Tomas Kaberle, D, MON
8/23/2014
News: Tomas Kaberle is attempting an NHL comeback and has been in Toronto working out with current pros, reports the Toronto Sun. "I might have a tryout on the table, but not in Ontario," Kaberle said this week.
Analysis: "We'll see what happens in the next few weeks," continued the 36-year-old defender. "I feel good, with no injuries (a charmed career in that sense). I still enjoy the game and that's they key. It would be nice to play a couple of more years." He spent last season with Kladno in the Czech league. His fantasy value will be limited even if he does earn a spot. He'll likely only be a number five or six defender.

Dennis Seidenberg
Bruins' Seidenberg Eyes Training Camp
Dennis Seidenberg, D, BOS
8/20/2014
News: Dennis Seidenberg (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Dennis Seidenberg, who last suited up on Dec. 27, had surgery in early January to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in. At the time, the estimated timetable for a return was in the 6-8 month range. With no reported setbacks since then, and given that the sturdy blueliner indicated that he probably could have returned to action had the Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, things appear to be on track for him to be at, or near, 100 percent in advance of the upcoming regular season.

Mike Mottau
NHLer Mottau Calls It A Career
Mike Mottau, D, FLA
8/19/2014
News: Mike Mottau announced his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
Analysis: The Massachusetts native was exploring the option of playing with AHL Providence to stick with his hometown Bruins organization, but decided he was content to spend more time with his family. Mike Mottau, 36, appeared in 321 career NHL games with the Rangers, Flames, Devils, Islanders, Bruins and Panthers, with his most productive seasons coming in the late-2000s with New Jersey.

Nick Petrecki
Ex-Shark Petrecki Signs AHL Deal
Nick Petrecki, D, SJ
8/19/2014
News: Nick Petrecki signed a one-year AHL contract with Rochester on Tuesday.
Analysis: Nick Petrecki spent most of the past season with AHL Worcester of the San Jose organization, before joining Rochester in a late-season loan. In total, the former first-round selection totaled a goal, three assists and 82 PIM in 49 minor league games. He'll function as a depth player for the Buffalo organization.

Mark Borowiecki
Sens' Borowiecki Receives Three-Year Extension
Mark Borowiecki, D, OTT
8/18/2014
News: Mark Borowiecki and the Senators agreed to terms on a three-year, $3.3 million contract Monday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Analysis: Mark Borowiecki was already set to enter the upcoming season with a guaranteed NHL contract for the first time in his career, so the extension just give him some more long-term security with the Senators. The 25-year-old hasn't shown much of a knack for scoring with the Senators or at AHL Binghamton over the last several seasons, but with regular playing time, he could rank among the league's PIM leaders on the blue line.

Marc Methot
Sens, Methot Struggling To Agree On Extension
Marc Methot, D, OTT
8/9/2014
News: The Senators want to sign Marc Methot to a long-term deal before his contract ends next summer, but talks between the two sides have stalled, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Methot has served as Erik Karlsson's defense partner over the last two seasons when the latter has been healthy.
Analysis: He's earning $3.75 million, but it appears he's asking for Brooks Orpik or Matt Carle kind of money. Orpik inked a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Washington this summer and Carle is going into year two of his six-year, $33 million deal with Tampa Bay. That's steep money for a team that currently sits 28th in payroll and is always rumored to be in money problems. Marc Methot may get traded if the team cannot come to terms with him soon. The Sens are all about leveraging assets right now and he'd be attractive to most other teams as a defensive rudder.

Julien Brouillette
Brouillette Signs With Jets
Julien Brouillette, D, WPG
8/8/2014
News: The Jets have signed Julien Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Julien Brouillette -- who spent most of the 2013-14 season with AHL Hershey, recording 20 points in 51 games -- also suited up for 10 games with the Capitals last season, notching two points. He'll bolster the Jets' organizational blue line depth.

Sergei Gonchar
Stars Tried To Trade Gonchar
Sergei Gonchar, D, DAL
8/7/2014
News: The Stars spent part of the summer trying to find a trade partner for Sergei Gonchar, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Analysis: The 40-year-old defenseman averaged just 17:37 of ice time last season and a paltry 13:24 during the playoffs. His production dropped off steeply as he posted 22 points in 76 games last season after scoring 27 in 45 games the year before. Despite the team's willingness to reportedly eat half of his $5 million salary, they couldn't find a home for Sergei Gonchar. He should still have some upside, but it sounds as though Dallas may not give him many minutes and his leash may be short, especially with a glut of young d-men looking to crack the roster this season.

Michael Del Zotto
Flyers Ink Del Zotto To One-Year Deal
Michael Del Zotto, D, PHI
8/5/2014
News: Michael Del Zotto signed a one-year deal with the Flyers on Tuesday.
Analysis: Michael Del Zotto played in 67 games last season with the Rangers and Predators, scoring a total of three goals on the year. He'll provide the Flyers with defensive depth, but it's currently unclear if the 24-year-old will serve in a top-four role.

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