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2010 NHL Free Agency: The Defensemen

Jun 29, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

With the 2010 NHL Free Agency market set to open on Thursday, we’ll
be listing the top unrestricted free agents in all three positions throughout the day. This isn’t the
full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them. The defensemen:

Player
Age
Team
09-10 cap hit
Pavel
Kubina
33
Atlanta
$5 million
Sergei
Gonchar
36
Pittsburgh
$5 million
Kim
Johnsson
34
Chicago
$4.85 million
Paul
Martin
29
New
Jersey
$3.8 million
Derek
Morris
31
Phoenix
$3.3 million
Ruslan
Sulei
35
Colorado
$3.02 million
Randy
Jones
28
Los
Angeles
$2.75 million
Joe
Corvo
33
Washington
$2.625 million
Anton
Volchenkov
28
Ottawa
$2.5 million
Brian
Pothier
33
Carolina
$2.5 million
Dan
Hamhuis
27
Pittsburgh
$2 million
Shaone
Morrison
27
Washington
$1.975 million
Jordan
Leopold
29
Pittsburgh
$1.75 million
Carlo
Colaiacovo
27
St.
Louis
$1.28 million
Zybnek
Michalek
27
Phoenix
$1.25 million
Marc-Andre
Bergeron
29
Montreal
$750,000
Lukas
Krajicek
27
Philadelphia
$700,000
Brett
Lebda
28
Detroit
$650,000
Kurtis
Foster
28
Tampa Bay
$600,00

Quick analysis:

Not exactly an elite group of
defensemen this season, as teams have done a good job of locking up
their elite soon-to-be free agents before they hit the open market on
Thursday.

What’s left is an okay group of good but not great
defensemen, highlighted by the impending free agency of Sergei Gonchar.
He’s one of the older defensemen in this group, yet still puts up a high
number of points. I doubt he’ll see another $5 million-a-year contract,
but he’s going to make some team happy should Pittsburgh fail, or
decide not to, keep him.

Paul Martin would certainly seem to be
the next best player available, followed by Dan Hamhuis, Anton
Volchenkov and perhaps Joe Corvo.

Two names to keep an eye on are
Kurtis Foster and Marc-Andre Bergeron. I know that MAB got a bad rap in
Montreal, but both he and Foster were the two of the most valuable
defensemen in the NHL last season in point production.

  1. acm - Jun 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    My first visit to your site – Ummm yeah you guys forgot Henrik Tallinder and Tony Luidman of the Sabres, 2 of the better FA’s on D available. So much for your credibility.

  2. Eric DeMink - Jun 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Neither Lydman or Tallinder are impact players so I don’t know what the big deal is. The 2010 class of free agent defensemen is for the most part, uninspiring.

  3. Metsys - Jun 30, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    To “acm”:
    Read more carefully…
    “This isn’t the full list of free agents, but it’s a good chunk of them.”

  4. Keith - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:26 AM

    Actually Tallinder and Lydman are better dmen than a quarter of that list.

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