Brian Boyle’s toughest test as a Devil came before he ever stepped on the ice.
His physical exam to open training camp led to a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia, a treatable form of cancer. Following the uncertainty and shock of the initial diagnosis, Boyle worked his way back to playing hockey, debuting for the Devils on Nov. 1.
Given all that Boyle has dealt with off the ice this season, it could be easy to understand if it impacted him on the ice and in the locker room.
But with how Boyle has handled himself, teammates see a man with poise and calmness in the face of adversity.
You take away hockey and just the stuff he’s gone through this year with his family and himself, you wouldn’t know it one bit, captain Andy Greene told NJ Advance Media. He comes in here and he’s been in some tough situations and he’s always responded. He gives you that feeling that we’re more worried about it than he is. That’s a huge honor for him and not surprising at all. Just the way he handles himself on a day-to-day basis, it’s good for young guys and even myself to learn from and be around.
In a way, hockey has been one place for normalcy for Boyle. Outside of a few more doctor visits and his treatment, his hockey routine has mirrored any other season.
Per Pro Football Focus, Kelce was the No. 1 center in the NFL last season. Talk about a leap.
But even though Kelce is coming off a career-best campaign, he does turn 31 years old later this year and has $13.5 million combined remaining on his contract in 2019-20. That’s not to say the Eagles are considering getting rid of Kelce anytime soon — they aren’t — but it couldn’t hurt to start grooming a potential replacement.
It seems that’s exactly how the Eagles are thinking — the team has an April visit set up with Iowa center James Daniels, widely viewed as the top prospect at the position in the 2018 draft class.
Would the Eagles use a first-round pick (No. 32 overall) to select a center who might not play for a couple of years Especially without any second or Patriots Cheap Jerseys third-round picks That would seem unlikely, but teams have a limited number of draft prospect work-outs available, so if they’re working a player Nike Elite Cheap Jerseys out, it means there’s some level of interest.
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Daniels — listed at 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds — might be worth it, too.