Ranking the Top Defensemen Set to Become Free Agents After 2014-15

March 12th, 2015 by Dave Lozo Leave a reply »
With pending unrestricted free agent Johnny Boychuk agreeing to a seven-year, $42 million contract Thursday, as Newsday's Arthur Staple reported, the market for defensemen this summer is...well...

Ever get to the supermarket the day before a blizzard hits? Only it's late in the day, and the place has already been ravaged, and all that's left is store-brand potato chips and some low-fat vanilla-flavored yogurt that nobody wants? That's what the 2015 offseason is looking like now that Boychuk and the New York Islanders have consummated a new deal.

NHL free agency has become a perennial exercise in overpaying players (Vinny Lecavalier, Andrew MacDonald) who will eventually be traded (David Clarkson) or bought out (Brad Richards), but the list of available defensemen this summer is downright terrifying if you're a team in major need of back-end help. There are a few viable options, sure, but no one who can make a huge impact.

With that encouraging setup out of the way, here are the blueliners who will be lurking out there after this season. 

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