“It’s one of those things where it’s a trade-off, right?” Winston said. “The Thursday night package drives quite a bit of revenue. But at the same time, health and safety has to be prominent and important and something you don’t really want to trade off for money.”
As for Winston himself, he heads toward free agency in March hoping to play a 13th NFL season. The 34-year-old has spent the past four years primarily as a Bengals backup after starting for Houston (2006-11), Kansas City (2012) and Arizona (2013).
Maybe he gets on the Devils’ top power play, but with a resume of zero power-play goals over the last two seasons, that’s no guarantee. (But if the Devils were hoping for more scoring when their opponent pulls the goalie, they’ve made the right move. Grabner tied for the NHL lead last season with four empty-net goals and already has a whopping seven this season, two shy of the NHL record).
In hopes of staying ahead of the curve, I wanted to take one last look at the possible fantasy implications, good or bad, for top names that are on most NHL analysts’ lists of players likely to move.
No. If there’s movement before the ball is secured and the ball touches the ground, it’s not a catch. But how much movement is too much? Well, that’s purely subjective. Maybe the ball jostles around a little, but the receiver still has his hands securely under it, it never touches the ground, and then he locks it up. That’s a catch.
Allow Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald to demonstrate. Fitzgerald and Orlando Scandrick are equally entitled to this ball. Fitz saves it from being intercepted and grabs it before it hits the ground. Note how he gets his left hand under the ball and then secures it to his body.
“When we’re between these lines, we got to play for one another and that’s all that matters,” Thompson said. “I don’t care if X don’t like X off the court. I really don’t give a s—. As long as you’re on the court playing hard and playing for each other, that’s all that matters to me. We don’t got to talk to each other off the court. As long as we talk on the court, on the defensive end, that’s all that matters to me. You go to work every day and you might not like a guy. You might not like the guy you work with. So be it.”