NHL Free Agency 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Free-Agent Defensemen This Offseason

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NHL Free Agency 2013: Ranking the Top 10 Free-Agent Defensemen This Offseason
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The NHL offseason is a great time for teams to get better through free agency and the NHL draft.

With the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs in the books, there are now 26 teams that are in "offseason" mode, looking to get better for next season.

Some of these teams will be seeking to bolster anemic offenses or get better in goal, but a substantial number of teams should be looking to get better on the blue line.

The old cliché "defense wins championships" is never more true than where it counts the most—in the playoffs.

Here are the top 10 free-agent defensemen this offseason.

This top-10 list was put together by ranking defensemen on offensive and defensive statistics, age of the defenseman, time on ice, as well as predicted salary (at market value) next season.

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