The opening of the 2012 NHL free-agent market is only a month away, and the discussions surrounding this summer's class of players is beginning to heat up.
It's very possible that defense, rather than offense, could steal the show come July. A plethora of enticing UFA blueliners are set to hit the market, and they'll have no shortage of suitors, either—a large portion of the league's GMs will be seeking to fortify their back ends this summer.
Household names like Ryan Suter, Matt Carle and Dennis Wideman highlight the crop, but the depth in this year's field of D-men is also not to be overlooked.
Which 10 rearguards stand out as the biggest items on the market, and where will they each sign? A closer examination of the free-agent defensemen class of 2012 is on the upcoming slides.