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Free Agency Look: Defensemen

Friday, 06.29.2012 / 5:00 PM ET / News
By Joseph Beguiristain  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Free Agency Look: Defensemen

With the start of free agency around the corner, starting on July 1st, FloridaPanthers.com looks at some of the top free agents at their prospective positions. After last summer's haul in Free Agency to help the team win their first Division title in franchise history, will the Panthers add any of the below players to help in their defense of the Southeast crown. (Rankings based off of CBSSports.com's Eye on Hockey staff)

Defensemen

Defenseman Ryan Suter is one of the best free agents available.

Ryan Suter (Nashville Predators)

Ryan Suter is easily the best defensemen available this off-season and last season he played like a Norris Trophy candidate (best defenseman). Last year, the 27-year old set career highs in assists (39) and points (46) for the Nashville Predators. He was eighth among all defensemen in assists.

While the Predators want to keep Suter, it’s very likely he will be suiting up for another team this upcoming season.

Matt Carle (Philadelphia Flyers)

In 2011-2012, Matt Carle had yet another solid season for the Philadelphia Flyers. Carle posted 38 points (4 goals, 34 assists) with a rating of plus-four. This season marked his third straight where he recorded 35 or more points.

The Flyers are pushing hard to re-sign Carle.

Bryan Allen (Carolina Hurricanes)

The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t have much to cheer about last season. Bryan Allen was one of the bright spots as he tallied 14 points in 82 games while playing a sound defensive game.

His production has dropped a little ever since he left South Florida (career-high 25 points in 2006-07 season), but the big defenseman does things that the box score doesn’t show.

Jason Garrison (Florida Panthers)

Jason Garrison had the best season of his young NHL career last year. The late bloomer totaled career highs in points (33), assists (17), and of course goals (16) which were a franchise high among blueliners for Florida. His production was a pleasant surprise for the young, upcoming Panthers who won the division crown a year ago.

Pavel Kubina (Philadelphia Flyers)

The defenseman had a tough go this past season as he split time between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia Flyers but Pavel Kubina can put up points from the blueline. A big, mobile defenseman, Kubina has recorded at least 30 points in seven of his NHL seasons. This past season, he recorded 15 points. He's just 30 games shy of 1,000 games played for his career.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 72 13 34 8 47
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jokinen 74 7 33 -1 40
J. Jagr 70 13 26 -3 39
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 74 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 65 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 64 14 17 -2 31
B. Campbell 75 3 21 2 24
B. Pirri 42 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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