Free agency: Top defensemen
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It's the offseason, so that means free agency is around the corner. Keep track of all the player movement as the market opens July 1.
After Bouwmeester failed to qualify for the playoffs during his six-season run in Florida, the thinking is he wants to go somewhere where hockey matters and the playoffs are a given. Does that mean back to Western Canada and Edmonton, Vancouver or Calgary? Or does it mean a place like Philadelphia? The Flyers went hard after Bouwmeester at the trade deadline, but could not get a deal done. Expect them to be in the hunt for Bouwmeester's services, provided they can clear enough cap space to give him the dollars and term he'll be looking for.
Other defensemenOther notable names come July 1: Hal Gill, Dmitri Kalinin, Dennis Seidenberg, Adrian Aucoin, Johnny Oduya.
Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.
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