STARS, RADULOV AGREE TO $31M OVER FIVE YEARS
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.