Heading into an offseason filled with projections of who will go where ran into many road bumps. A year that many may not forget is being referenced as a "salary cap" stricken period.
With numerous teams facing strict budgets and tight salary caps, there has been very little room for over-spending.
Oft-mentioned 2010 Stanley Cup champion, the Chicago Blackhawks, knows firsthand how the salary cap can be compared to that of a guillotine in the Middle Ages.
In a matter of a few weeks, the Blackhawks managed to shed nine former players, including former starting goalie Antti Niemi, that played key roles in the resurgence of the organization. Amidst fan disapproval of their favorites being dismissed many started to wonder who would fill the vacancies.
With very little money left to spend, the Blackhawks were able to bring a little daylight to the seemingly overcast concerns. On August 2, they managed to sign Marty Turco, former Dallas Star, to a one-year, $1.3 million contract.
In the 2009-10 season Turco made $5.4 million, meaning he took a nearly $4 million discount in order to be a part of a winning organization.
The free agency list continues to be considerably long and training camp nearly a month away now. Many can imagine the pay cuts some may be willing to take in order to have an opportunity to get that elusive championship or perhaps just to get an opportunity to play.
What follows are five more players who have shown that in order to be given an opportunity, one must make a sacrifice. While some free agents look to sign big amounts, these players only want the opportunity to win.