STARS, RADULOV AGREE TO $31M OVER FIVE YEARS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

DAL­LAS» 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 Stars.

Only af­ter agree­ing on terms with the Stars did Radulov get an of­fer from the Cana­di­ens to stay in Mon­treal for that long.

“The money was ba­si­cally the same level. For me it was more the term,” Radulov said Mon­day. “Be­cause I re­ally (wanted), five years at least on my deal, and I want to play and not worry about it. Just play hard and try to win.”

The Stars ob­tained the top player avail­able on the mar­ket on Day 3 of free agency. Radulov will count $6.25 mil­lion against the salary cap through 2021-22.

Free agency leftovers.

A busy week­end has left a few prom­i­nent play­ers still look­ing for land­ing spots and teams still need­ing to fill some holes.

The leftovers list is lit­tered with stars from pre­vi­ous decades, notably Jaromir Jagr and Jarome Iginla, while Mon­treal likely won’t bring back de­fense­man An­drei Markov. Now that Joe Thorn­ton re­turned to San Jose and Pa­trick Mar­leau moved on to Toronto, much of the in­trigue has been taken out of the off­sea­son.

The most pro­duc­tive play­ers re­main­ing on the mar­ket are on the down­side of their ca­reers: Jagr at 45, Iginla at 40, Markov at 38 and Thomas Vanek at 33. Then there are 40-yearolds Shane Doan and Matt Cullen and 37-year-old Mike Fisher try­ing to de­cide whether to play an­other year.

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