NHL free agents following NBA path in picking destinations


Published 2:16 a.m. ET July 4, 2017 | Updated 2:16 a.m. ET July 4, 2017

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 discount to return the Blackhawks.

The NHL is becoming more like the NBA with top players forgoing longer, big-money contracts to pick their preferred destination, a trend that has added a new wrinkle to free agency.

“It’s their opportunity to go to where they want to go and sometimes you might have to take a little bit less money to go there,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “Do you want to go to a good team? Is it a city you want to go…

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