Brennan Evans
Evans Signs With Texas Stars
Brennan Evans, D, DET
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News: Brennan Evans signed an AHL contract with the Texas Stars on Tuesday, 100 Degree Hockey reports.
Analysis: Brennan Evans is a veteran of the AHL, where he's spent a total of 12 seasons without ever getting an opportunity at the NHL level. Unsurprisingly, the defender is expected to mentor the younger talent with Texas and isn't expected to receive a promotion at any point during the 2015-16 season.

Brooks Orpik
Caps' Orpik Likely Ready For Opener
Brooks Orpik, D, WAS
News: General manager Brian MacLellan indicated Monday that he expects Brooks Orpik (wrist) to be ready for the beginning of the season, Dan Rosen of reports.
Analysis: Brooks Orpik is expected to begin full workout activities within a week or two, barring a setback, so it should provide him plenty of time to recover before the season begins. Assuming that's indeed the case, he should open the season among the top two pairings, and could pick up a fair number of assists while working with the likes of Alex Ovechkin and offseason addition T.J. Oshie.

Brandon Gormley
Gormley Inks One-Year Deal With Coyotes
Brandon Gormley, D, ARI
News: Brandon Gormley signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Coyotes on Thursday, Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Analysis: Brandon Gormley suited up for 27 games with the Coyotes in 2014-15, managing to tally four points (two goals, two assists) in those contests. He fared a little better in the AHL, registering 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 23 games with AHL Portland. He will get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the Coyotes in training camp.

Oliver Kylington
Flames' Kylington To Play In North America in 2015
Oliver Kylington, D, CGY
News: Oliver Kylington will play in North America in 2015, Roger Millions of Sportsnet Calgary reports.
Analysis: The defenseman's team in Sweden allowed him to get his path to the NHL started this season, which is good news for both Oliver Kylington and the Flames. Calgary will likely let its second-round pick grow his game in the minors for a while, especially with its current depth on the blue line. Kylington has an abundance of hockey talent, but needs to put it all together to be a standout player.

Adam Clendening
Canucks Deal Clendening To Pittsburgh
Adam Clendening, D, PIT
News: Adam Clendening was traded to the Penguins on Tuesday.
Analysis: The Canucks have agreed to send Adam Clendening, Nick Bonino and a 2016 second-round pick to Pittsburgh in exchange for Brandon Sutter and a conditional third-round pick. Clendening, 22, is coming off a season in which he appeared in 21 total NHL games -- 17 for the Canucks and four for the Blackhawks. The 2011 second-round pick cumulatively tallied one goal and three assists.

Noah Hanifin
Hanifin To Get Chance At Cracking Canes' Roster
Noah Hanifin, D, CAR
News: Carolina GM Ron Francis said that Noah Hanifin will receive consideration for opening the season with the parent club, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "We don't want to force him [up to the NHL] if he's not ready," Francis said. "We'll give him time to develop. I'm certainly not ruling [making Carolina's opening roster] out, but we want to be careful and make sure we do what's right for Noah."
Analysis: Noah Hanifin, the fifth overall pick in June's NHL Entry Draft, made the surprise decision to sign an entry-level contract with the Hurricanes two weeks after being selected, thereby foregoing the remaining three years of his eligibility at Boston College. While an assignment of an 18-year-old defenseman to the NHL isn't unprecedented, Hanifin isn't quite on the same level as Florida's Aaron Ekblad, who achieved the rare "exceptional player" status during his time in the OHL before capturing the Calder Trophy last season. The 6-foot-3, 207-pound Hanifin profiles as a top-tier, two-way defenseman in the long run, but he still needs some further refinement, particularly on the offensive end. He should be the Canes' top defenseman before long, though it's more likely he'll spend most of 2015-16 developing at AHL Charlotte.

Adam Larsson
Larsson Re-Signs With Devils
Adam Larsson, D, NJ
News: Adam Larsson signed a six-year, $25 million contract with the Devils on Saturday.
Analysis: Adam Larsson was great for the Devils last season, tallying 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 64 games with the team. He's only 22 years old, and could develop into one of the league's best defensemen over the next few years. He will return to his role as a top-pair defender with New Jersey in 2015-16.

Ryan Stanton
Capitals Sign Defenseman Stanton
Ryan Stanton, D, WAS
News: Ryan Stanton signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Friday.
Analysis: Ryan Stanton doesn't carry much fantasy value as a low-scoring defenseman, but he at least provides the Capitals with some defensive depth. It's not a guarantee that the 26-year-old spends most of his time with the NHL team, given the two-way contract, so be prepared for him to spend a fair amount of time with AHL Hershey.

Cody Franson
Franson Draws Free Agent Interest
Cody Franson, D, NSH
News: Though Cody Franson remains unsigned, the blueliner indicated Tuesday that he's in contact with a number of teams, reports. "There's probably five or six teams we're talking to. There are some very interested ones, but some teams are in cap situations and all the rest that comes with it," Franson noted Tuesday. "Everything is just kind of slowly rolling."
Analysis: Cody Franson, who is coming off three consecutive one-year deals, is hoping to ink a long-tern contract this time around, though apparently there is nothing imminent on that front. The 27-year-old notched seven goals and 36 points over 78 games between Toronto and Nashville this past season and at this juncture, the 6-foot-5 blueliner remains one of the top talents remaining in free agency.

Josh Manson
Ducks Extend Manson
Josh Manson, D, ANA
News: Josh Manson signed a two-year, $1.65 million contract extension with the Ducks that will keep him with the team through the end of the 2017-18 season, the Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Josh Manson, who notched three assists and 31 PIM in 28 games with the Ducks in 2014-15, will work on his original two-way, entry-level contract this coming season, but beyond that, he'll be on one-way deals in both 2016-17 and 2017-18. While the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder doesn't bring a ton of offensive punch to the table, his physical and defensive-minded style is an asset to the Ducks' blue line.

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