Athlete compensation

FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Washington. The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, on Saturday, july 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 04, 2017 - 11:05 am
Kevin Shattenkirk could've gotten more money but took less to join the New York Rangers. Joe Thornton could've gotten a multiyear deal from someone but wanted to stay with the San Jose Sharks. Brian Campbell and Patrick Sharp could've gotten more money the past two summers but took the Chicago...
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FILE - In this April 1, 2017, file photo, Montreal Canadiens right wing Alexander Radulov celebrates his overtime goal during the team's NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Fla. If Montreal lets Radulov test the market following a 54-point season, the 30-year-old Russian will almost certainly get a raise off a $5.75 million, one-year deal he signed to return to the NHL .(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
July 03, 2017 - 9:12 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Right winger Alexander Radulov got the richest contract given to an unrestricted free agent this offseason when he signed a $31.25 million, five-year deal with the Dallas Stars. Only after agreeing on terms with the Stars did Radulov get an offer from the Canadiens to stay in Montreal...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The Montreal Canadiens signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million five-year deal on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
July 03, 2017 - 6:49 pm
After building up to a playoff run that ended in the second round yet again, the Washington Capitals are going through a salary-cap nightmare usually reserved for Stanley Cup champions. The same struggles that led to the deconstruction of the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings over the years...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) gains control of the puck against Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn. Marleau has left the Sharks and signed an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
July 02, 2017 - 11:32 pm
Carey Price couldn't imagine wearing anything but a Canadiens uniform, while Patrick Marleau agonized about trading in his Sharks jersey for a Maple Leafs one. On Sunday, Price signed an $84 million eight-year extension that means he'll likely finish his career in Montreal, Marleau left San Jose to...
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FILE - In this March 21, 2017, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Patrick Marleau (12) gains control of the puck against Minnesota Wild's Jared Spurgeon (46) in the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn. Marleau has left the Sharks and signed an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.(AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
July 02, 2017 - 9:49 pm
Carey Price couldn't imagine wearing anything but a Canadiens uniform, while Patrick Marleau agonized about trading in his Sharks jersey for a Maple Leafs one. On Sunday, Price signed an $84 million eight-year extension that means he'll likely finish his career in Montreal, Marleau left San Jose to...
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FILE - This April 1, 2017 file photo shows Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa, Fla. The Canadiens have signed Price to an eight-year contract extension. General manager Marc Bergevin announced the deal Sunday, July 2, 2017 the second day Price was eligible to be extended. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
July 02, 2017 - 5:17 pm
Carey Price signed an eight-year contract extension Sunday, likely keeping the franchise goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens for the rest of his career. General manager Marc Bergevin announced the deal on the second day Price was eligible to be extended. Price's new contract begins in 2018-19...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler plays against the Nashville Predators during the first period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks have signed Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
July 01, 2017 - 8:47 pm
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20 million-plus contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era. Though plenty of players switched teams once the signing period opened Saturday, missing were the high-priced, long-term...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler plays against the Nashville Predators during the first period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks have signed Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
July 01, 2017 - 7:15 pm
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20 million-plus contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era. Though plenty of players switched teams once the signing period opened Saturday, missing were the high-priced, long-term...
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July 01, 2017 - 3:06 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 3 p.m. The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk led all unrestricted free agents with 56 points last season, splitting time between the St. Louis Blues and Washington...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 2:06 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 2 p.m. The Los Angeles Kings have signed veteran forward Michael Cammalleri to a one-year, $1 million deal. Cammalleri returns to Los Angeles after beginning his NHL career with the Kings during the 2002-03 season. He spent five years...
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