by Patrick Hoffman on 06/30/09 at 07:10 PM ET
From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy:
Many National Hockey League general managers are of the belief that you should build a team from the goal out and, to use a football motto, defense wins championships.
As we’ve seen many times before, it doesn’t take six superstar blue-liners to hoist the Stanley Cup. A mix of some offensive flair with defensive-minded bodies along with a touch of brave souls willing to give up the body to block shots is a blueprint that wins championships.
This year’s free agent defenseman class features players that fall into each of those categories, with most looking for a significant raise in salary.
Here’s a look at who we see as the Top 10 UFA defensemen, pending buyouts and re-signings. No Niedermayer, because he’s coming back as a Duck.
Click here for more. How many of you wish the Blueshirts didn’t sign Wade Redden?!
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