With NHL free agency beginning this Friday, July 1st, GM's and coaches around the league are scrambling to call up any potential players who are willing to sign a contract with a new team.
However, one of the top potential free agents is already off the board. Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has resigned with the Vancouver Canucks for five years.
Nevertheless, this deal doesn't mean that the remaining players in the free-agent pool are undeserving of any attention. Defensemen are often underrated for the dirty work that they do, as they are a major part every team. This year's group of free-agent defensemen will no doubt provide teams with depth and bulk up their blue line. Here are the top 13 available free-agent defensemen this offseason.