NHL's 13 Best Available Defensive Free Agents in 2011

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NHL's 13 Best Available Defensive Free Agents in 2011
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We're inching closer to free agency, which begins in two days.

There are some teams, like the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking for defensemen.

Some of this summer's best free agent defensemen have already been locked down for the next few years. Andrei Markov resigned with the Montreal Canadiens for four years at $23 million.

Kevin Bieksa, arguably the top defenseman this offseason, just resigned with the Vancouver Canucks for five years, worth reportedly $23 million. His new contract also includes a no-trade clause, so maybe all those trade rumors will finally dissipate.

Not to worry though, there are still plenty of top defenseman poised to enter free agency, either unrestricted or restricted on Friday.

Here are the top 13 defensemen who will become free agents on Friday (if not signed before then).

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