Free agency: Top defensemen

Updated: June 30, 2010, 11:44 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The 2010 NHL free-agent market opens at noon ET on Thursday. Here's a look at the top defensemen who are set to become available:

Sergei Gonchar Age: 36 Finished 2009-10 season with: Pittsburgh Penguins 2009-10 salary: $5.5 million Breakdown: We find it perplexing just how many Penguins fans don't seem the least bit concerned that the veteran Russian blueliner might be headed to the free-agent market Thursday. It's clear those fans don't understand just how important ...

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