Getting the franchise tag is not what Bell wants. He’s made that perfectly clear over the past two years, and most recently he’s said that he would consider retirement if given the tag again. But it was a move that the Steelers had to make Josh Leivo Womens Jersey so that they don’t let arguably the NFL’s best running back walk away for nothing.
But it appears that he’s set on getting a long-term deal done before playing another down of football. He was willing to hold out last season until September, though he ended up playing on the one-year tag.
Interestingly enough, when the NHLPA held this players’ poll in 2012, then-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma won it with 21 percent of the vote, over this year’s winner, Joel Quenneville.
Also making the cut in 2012 but not here: Columbus Blue Jackets taskmaster John Tortorella (then with the Rangers) and Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan (then with the Sharks).
The NHLPA poll asked players which assistant coaches should be the next head coaches. Please keep in mind that when they asked this in 2012, only one of the five (Dave Cameron) went on to get a head-coaching gig in the NHL. Sorry, D.J. Smith and Todd Reirden!
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If the Pelicans let Cousins walk this offseason, they would have to rebuild around Davis to prove they aren’t going to waste his prime years. If they re-sign Cousins and he sees a dropoff in production, there’s still a possibility Davis considers his options outside of New Orleans in search of a realistic chance at competing for a title.
I don’t see anyone winning without three or four All-Stars, Davis told ESPN in December. I was in the (MVP) conversation in my third year, and we didn’t win. We went to the playoffs, got swept and I dropped out of all that so fast. It’s about winning. You can have all the numbers in the world, but you better win. That’s what it is.
In theory, at least, Thornton could be just a few days behind Shattenkirk for the same recovery timetable. Of course, we are cancelling out Thornton’s advanced age with the fact that he’s a freak of nature as an athlete.