Mattias Ekholm
Ekholm Signs Two-Year Deal With Preds
Mattias Ekholm, D, NSH
7/9/2014
News: Mattias Ekholm has signed a two-year, $2.075 million contract with the Predators, the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Mattias Ekholm, who was a restricted free agent, will thus avoid arbitration by inking the one-way deal with Nashville. He's coming off a rookie campaign in which he recorded nine points in 62 games for the Preds.

Mac Bennett
Montreal's Bennett Ticketed For Hamilton
Mac Bennett, D, MON
7/9/2014
News: Mac Bennett, who is participating in Montreal's development camp, is expected to play for Hamilton of the American Hockey League this season, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Mac Bennett is a 2009 draft pick who decided to play a full four-year collegiate career at the University of Michigan. The four years gave Bennett time to add strength and weight to his frame.

Greg Zanon
Zanon Signs With Panthers
Greg Zanon, D, FLA
7/8/2014
News: Greg Zanon has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Panthers, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The 34-year-old blueliner has 493 career NHL games under his belt, but he last saw NHL action in 2012-13 (with the Avs) and represents a depth signing for the Panthers.

Alex Grant
Grant Re-Signs With Sens
Alex Grant, D, ANA
7/8/2014
News: Alex Grant has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators.
Analysis: Alex Grant, who was acquired from the Ducks at the NHL trade deadline in March, will reprise his role as a depth blueliner for the Sens. The 25-year-old scored two goals in two games with the Ducks last season, but spent most of his time in the AHL (between Norfolk and Binghamton), notching 37 points in 71 games.

Matt Bartkowski
Bruins' Bartkowski Files For Salary Arbitration
Matt Bartkowski, D, BOS
7/8/2014
News: Matt Bartkowski has filed for salary arbitration,CSN New England reports.
Analysis: Matt Bartkowski, who earned $650,000 last season, is coming off a 2013-14 campaign in which he notched 18 assists and a plus-22 rating in 64 games for the Bruins. In his first full NHL season, Bartkowski helped fill the void created by Dennis Seidenberg's injury and ended up averaging 19:32 worth of ice time per game, displaying solid mobility in the process. The report suggests that he could be looking at a deal next season that tops the $1 million mark.

Matt Corrente
Corrente Signs With Lightning
Matt Corrente, D, TB
7/8/2014
News: Matt Corrente has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Lightning, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Corrente, who last played in the NHL (with New Jersey) in 2010-11, slots in as an organizational depth blueliner, on the heels of a 2013-14 campaign in which he notched 11 points and 136 PIM in 72 games for AHL Charlotte.

Cody Goloubef
Goloubef Re-Signs With Blue Jackets
Cody Goloubef, D, CLB
7/8/2014
News: The Blue Jackets have re-signed Cody Goloubef to a one-year, two-way contract.
Analysis: Cody Goloubef, who spent the bulk of last season with AHL Springfield, recording 28 points in 62 games, figures to compete in training camp for a role on the Blue Jackets' third defensive pairing.

Maxim Noreau
Avs Sign Noreau To Two-Year Contract
Maxim Noreau, D, NJ
7/7/2014
News: Maxim Noreau signed a two-year, $1.25 million contract with the Avalanche on Monday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The contract is a one-way deal, giving Maxim Noreau a great chance at breaking training camp with the big club after spending the last three seasons in Switzerland. The 27-year-old showed decent ability as a scorer during his time overseas, but may struggle to remain productive with the increased speed of the NHL.

Anton Volchenkov
Volchenkov Signs With Preds
Anton Volchenkov, D, NSH
7/7/2014
News: Anton Volchenkov has agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with the Predators.
Analysis: The 32-year-old Anton Volchenkov adds experience and depth to the Preds' blue line, but he's off the fantasy radar in most formats, coming off a 2013-14 campaign in which he recorded eight assists and 20 PIM in 56 games for New Jersey.

Jeff Petry
Petry Re-Signs With Oilers
Jeff Petry, D, EDM
7/7/2014
News: The Oilers have signed Jeff Petry to a one-year, $3.1 million contract.
Analysis: With 17 points, 42 PIM and a minus-22 rating in 80 games for the Oilers in 2013-14, Jeff Petry wasn't much of a fantasy factor in most formats, but it's worth noting that he did lead the team in both blocked shots (132) and hits (181) this past season.

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