At the same time, Shanahan and the team’s free-agency courting of Pryor indicates he’s still a good fit for another part of the offense.
He has spent most summers there since, skating in an annual charity game with local firefighters, many of whom Engelland would bring coffee and groceries to their union hall downtown. He and Melissa built a house on a half-acre, enrolled their oldest son in preschool, entrenched themselves among the 2 million-plus locals who call Las Vegas home. “It’s a big city,” he says, “but a very small community. If you don’t know someone, your best friend knows that person.”
When Phil Kessel got over the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer and had surgery, he asked doctors, ”When can I play?”
When Jason Blake was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, he had the choice of taking a chemotherapy pill or having a bone marrow transplant that would cause him to miss a full season. He chose the pill and got back on the ice.
After his cancer diagnosis last month, New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle quickly turned his attention to playing hockey again. He will join a group of NHL players who played with cancer or after beating the disease, including Kessel, Blake, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux.
For example, Sabonis is currently 12th in the league with 18.2 rebounding chances per game. Keep an eye on his rate once Turner returns to gauge his real value. Meanwhile, the Knicks’ Enes Kanter is feasting on 20.7 such opportunities per game, fifth in the league and a measure of his promise as a top-60 prospect for the remainder of the season.