Free agency

FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is shown during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Tampa, Fla. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Point to a $20.25 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 23, 2019 - 10:48 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Point to a $20.25 million, three-year contract on Monday. Point will count $6.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. Point's contract ends a long stalemate with the Lightning that...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) gets set for a faceoff during the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
September 20, 2019 - 10:17 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) eyes a shot during the first day of training camp, in Brandon, Fla. Fresh off finishing 21 points ahead of the NHL last regular season and going four and out in the playoffs, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:58 pm
Getting swept in the first round wasn't enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off the mountaintop. After finishing 21 points ahead of everyone else during the 2018-19 regular season, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving Eastern Conference. With a...
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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is shown during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Tampa, Fla. With NHL training camps set to open this week, roughly a dozen prominent restricted free agents still don’t have contracts, including Tampa Bay’s Brayden Point, Toronto’s Mitch Marner, Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo and Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen. Those absences could hang over their teams for days, weeks or even months and have raised questions about why it’s taken so long to get them signed. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 10, 2019 - 12:13 pm
P.K. Subban doesn't want to give advice to all the unsigned young players around the NHL. He just vividly remembers his own experience as a restricted free agent. Before he signed a short, so-called "bridge" contract, he took some motherly advice. "My mom picked up the phone and called me and said...
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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, injured Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard practices before the Wizards face the Denver Nuggets in an NBA basketball game in Denver. A person familiar with the decision says the Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, because the deal has not been completed for Howard to make an improbable return to the Lakers six years after his acrimonious departure. Howard played in only nine games last season for Washington, which traded him to the Grizzlies last month. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 23, 2019 - 4:07 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers intend to sign center Dwight Howard after he completes a buyout with Memphis, a person familiar with the decision says. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal hasn't been completed for Howard to make an improbable return to the...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 file photo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in New Orleans. If they get on the field Friday night, Aug. 9, 2019 and most of them are expected to play a handful of former Vikings and current Saints will see some familiar faces on the other side. This will be the first time Bridgewater has played against the Vikings, who drafted him in the first round in 2014 and let him leave as a free agent two years ago after his massive knee injury altered plans to build their offense around him. (AP Photo/Bill Feig, File)
August 08, 2019 - 1:53 pm
If they get on the field Friday night — and most of them are expected to play — a handful of former Vikings and current Saints will see some familiar faces on the other side. The Saints have punt returner Marcus Sherels, center Nick Easton, fullback Zach Line, running back Latavius Murray and, of...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) prepares for drills during an NFL football practice in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
August 04, 2019 - 8:57 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Yannick Ngakoue's holdout failed to land him a new contract. The standout pass rusher reported to Jacksonville Jaguars training camp Sunday following an 11-day absence and is ready to play out his rookie deal. He insisted he's not angry and not worried about risking an...
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File-This Sept. 16, 2013. file photo shows the Phillies Phanatic dancing with a fan on the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green fuzzy fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate the Phillies' rights to the Phanatic next year and “make the Phanatic a free agent” unless the team renegotiated its 1984 agreement to acquire the mascot’s rights. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
August 03, 2019 - 11:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have sued the New York company that created the Phanatic mascot to prevent the green furry fan favorite from becoming a free agent. In a complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, the team alleged Harrison/Erickson threatened to terminate...
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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) throws against the Cleveland Indians during first inning baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday July 24, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 28, 2019 - 6:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman was acquired by his hometown Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday for a pair of minor league prospects, a trade that makes it likely New York will deal away one of its current starters by Wednesday's deadline. A 28-year-old right-hander who made...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 20, 2019, file photo, Virginia's De'Andre Hunter, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the fourth pick overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA basketball draft in New York. Hunter went No. 4 overall, taken by the Los Angeles Lakers. His rights had been traded twice, first to New Orleans as part of the Anthony Davis deal, then to Atlanta. But since neither of those trades could be closed before July 6, Hunter wore a Lakers cap on stage. Silver wants the hat game fixed. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 14, 2019 - 11:19 pm
They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night, and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA...
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