Athlete contracts

FILE - In this March 3, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward goes up for a dunk against the Brooklyn Nets during NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. A person with knowledge of the decision says Hayward has declined the player-option final year on his contract as expected and will now test the market as an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
July 01, 2017 - 7:53 pm
J.J. Redick is trusting the process. Gordon Hayward got his sales pitch from Miami. And David West, finally a champion, is coming back for one last season. The first day of NBA free agency Saturday saw things starting to take shape, though there's still dozens of more moves to come in the next few...
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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 - 7:47 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 April 8, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Steve Mason tracks the incoming puck during the team's NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Philadelphia. There were only a handful of openings for starters or in platoon situations, making the free agency process plenty stressful for him and his goaltending counterparts around the NHL. Even in this climate, the goaltending market was robust on the first day of free agency as Briant Elliott signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia, Mason with Winnipeg and Ryan Miller with Anaheim. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)
July 01, 2017 - 6:42 pm
Brian Elliott looked at the free agent landscape for goaltenders and knew it wasn't pretty. There were only a handful of openings for starters or in platoon situations, making the process plenty stressful for him and his goaltending counterparts around the NHL. Even in this climate, the goaltending...
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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 - 6:15 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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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 01, 2017 - 5:12 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons,...
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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 01, 2017 - 5:06 pm
Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Rangers fan in suburban New Rochelle, so he knows all about the pressure of playing for his hometown team. Still, that's what the offensive-minded defenseman wanted, and the most coveted player available on the opening day of free agency turned down a bigger...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 01, 2017 - 3:43 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons,...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 01, 2017 - 2:53 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons,...
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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 - 11:12 am
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times local): Noon Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday. Sharp spent 10...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio (9) tries to drive past Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston. The Timberwolves have reached an agreement to Rubio to the Utah Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency. A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press the two sides agreed to the move on Friday, June 30, 2017, hours before free agency opened. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
July 01, 2017 - 12:07 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Ricky Rubio era in Minnesota is over and it didn't take long for the Timberwolves to find a replacement. The Wolves sent Rubio to the Utah Jazz on Friday to clear cap space for a big run in free agency, then moved quickly to reach agreement with free agent point guard Jeff...
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