Nick Holden
Rangers' Nick Holden: Dealt to Rangers
Nick Holden, D, NYR
6/25/2016
News: The Avalanche traded Holden to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for a 2017 fourth-round pick.

Holden was an extremely reliable defender for the Avalanche last season, notching 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) with a plus-1 rating over 82 games. The 29-year-old blueliner's arrival in New York will help solidify the Blueshirts' depth at defense following Keith Yandle's recent departure from the Rangers organization. Holden will likely begin the 2016-17 campaign as a bottom-pairing defender for the Rangers.

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Scott Harrington
Maple Leafs' Scott Harrington: Traded to Columbus
Scott Harrington, D, CLB
6/25/2016
News: The Blue Jackets acquired Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick from the Maple Leafs on Saturday.

Harrington was used sparingly by the Leafs last season, appearing in only 15 games with one point (an assist) recorded in that span. He's a big defender and still has potential as a second-round draft choice from 2011, but it's worth noting that he jumps from one losing NHL team to another, so it's doubtful his role changes much despite donning a new sweater -- he could start off in the minors next season.

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Kevin Shattenkirk
Blues' Kevin Shattenkirk: Still a Blue
Kevin Shattenkirk, D, STL
6/25/2016
News: Shattenkirk, whose name swirled in trade rumors this past week, made it through the 2016 NHL Entry Draft as a member of the Blues.

He's on the block, but it appears the price was just too high on draft day. Shattenkirk has one year left on his contract and no trade protection built into the deal. There's still a high probability he gets moved by July 1.

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Nick Ebert
Stars' Nick Ebert: Traded to Dallas
Nick Ebert, D, DAL
6/25/2016
News: Ebert was traded to the Stars in exchange for Jack Campbell on Saturday, reports the NHL Network.

Ebert's career has been on a yo-yo for years. He was a high-profile prospect entering his draft year (2012) who dropped like a stone and ended up being the last player picked. He used that as motivation and has steadily improved his game. Ebert is an outstanding skater with a rocket of a shot and the ability to jump into the play in transition, but his decision-making still gets queasy at times. There's upside in his game, but his defensive game still needs polish. He could get a look in Dallas at some point this coming season now that Alex Goligoski is gone.

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Gustav Olofsson
Wild's Gustav Olofsson: Ahead of schedule in return from shoulder injury
Gustav Olofsson, D, MIN
6/25/2016
News: Olofsson, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in March, is ahead of schedule with his rehab and will be ready by training camp, GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Olofsson had season-ending shoulder surgery for the second consecutive season, so he'll need to show he can stay healthy for a full season. He had had two goals and 15 assists in 52 games for AHL Iowa.

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Mark Pysyk
Panthers' Mark Pysyk: Dealt to Florida
Mark Pysyk, D, FLA
6/25/2016
News: Pysyk has been dealt to the Panthers in exchange for Dmitry Kulikov, reports Sportsnet Ontario. Draft picks were exchanged in the deal.

He has been long lauded as a good Corsi player and his smooth skating and solid outlet passes make him a solid fit in today's NHL. Pysyk had 11 points in 55 games, but didn't see much ice time on special teams. At 24, Pysyk is a cheaper option on the blue line for the Panthers than Kulikov and will be given more responsibility over time.

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Dmitry Kulikov
Sabres' Dmitry Kulikov: Heads to Buffalo in trade
Dmitry Kulikov, D, BUF
6/25/2016
News: Kulikov has been traded to the Sabres in exchange for Mark Pysk, reports Sportsnet. Draft picks were exchanged.

Kulikov immediately helps stabilize the Buffalo blue line. The left-shot defender was the 14th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He put up 17 points in 74 games last season and is in the final year of a three-year, $13 million deal.

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Aaron Ness
Capitals' Aaron Ness: Inks two-year deal with Capitals
Aaron Ness, D, WAS
6/24/2016
News: Ness signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Friday.

Ness will likely spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors providing Washington with organizational depth at defense in case of injury. The 26-year-old blueliner notched 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) with a plus-12 rating over 62 games with AHL Hershey last season.

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Luke Witkowski
Lightning's Luke Witkowski: Has contract renewed for two years
Luke Witkowski, D, TB
6/24/2016
News: Witkowski was re-signed by the Lightning on Friday, earning a one-year, two-way deal.

Tampa selected Witkowski with its sixth-round (160th overall) pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played extensively with AHL Syracuse last season, and delivered three goals, 11 assists, and a plus-2 rating in 70 games. The 26-year-old has a bit of a mean streak, having also warmed the penalty box for 166 minutes over the course of the minor-league campaign. Witkowski was an injury call-up option for the Bolts in 2015-16, ultimately appearing in four games, and he should be set for a similar role next season since he's still on a two-way contract.

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Danny DeKeyser
Red Wings' Danny DeKeyser: Expecting contract extension
Danny DeKeyser, D, DET
6/24/2016
News: DeKeyser, a pending restricted free agent, is confident that he will be re-signed by the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.

DeKeyser indicated that he hasn't gotten very far with the Wings in terms of a negotiating a new deal, but doesn't sound overly concerned, saying Wednesday, "I don't expect it to drag out real long. Hopefully it gets done sooner rather than later." A product of Western Michigan University, DeKeyser earned $4.38 million after signing a two-year deal ahead of the 2014-15 season. Detroit certainly needs to keep him around as he contributes on both ends of the ice -- the 26-year-old has averaged close to 25 points per season since becoming a full-time patroller of the blue line in 2013-14, plus he tacked on 107 blocked shots last campaign.

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