Morning Skate 224: A nice, little NHL breather

Morning Skate 224: A nice, little NHL breather
February 24, 2011, 11:06 pm

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER Another day in Vancouver for the Bruins to take a deep breath, inhale and then get ready for the final 22 games of the season.It seems that the Bs have moving at a pace somewhere between frenetic and break-neck for the entire season, and its only now with a bit less than two months in the regular season that the Bruins finally get to kick back and hit the pause button briefly.It seems there might not be a better place in Canada to do it either. The snow-capped mountains and Pacific Ocean make a picturesque backdrop, and literally everywhere you turn looks like a postcard background as you walk around British Columbias biggest and best city.The homecoming for Milan Lucic, Cam Neely and BC-born Mark Recchi is great for some very important individual pieces within the Bs organization, but this time to give the batteries another charge at the end of a historically difficult month of February is invaluable. Nobody will look back on these four days once the playoffs kick around, but this kind of recess from the NHL grind is exactly what a team needs while getting ready for the big ice battles that wait over the next three months. On to the links:Adam Proteau from the Hockey News wants to do away with the NHL divisions, and make the NHL regular season schedule make a bit more sense. At least he's not tweeting about "victim" Matt Cooke anymore.Brian Leetch and Don Mattingly talking about which teammates theyd want beside them in the ultimate Game 7 situation. Okay, Ill bite.Nik Zherdev clears waivers for the Flyers, and continues whats been a mistake from the very beginning in Philadelphia.A fan blog on the Atlanta Journal-Constitutions web site is calling for Atlanta Thrashers head coach Craig Ramsay to be fired. Would be a huge mistake to get rid of a great hockey mind like Ramsay in his first season with the team anybody notice what hes done with Dustin Byfuglien and its a little disconcerting that the AJC has given this yahoo a platform.CBC sideline reporter Elliotte Friedman gives his 30 thoughts including some very greedy ideas from the NHL owners to create some kind of outdoor series of games rather than the Winter Classic and Heritage Classic. They apparently are determined to kill the golden goose.FOH Friend of Haggs Yahoo! Sports hockey blogger Puck Daddy has a junior hockey announcer suspending himself after going all icky balookey in the announcers booth during a heated game against Topeka.BU alum and Miracle on Ice participant Mike Eruzione stopped by NHL.com to talk about the 31st Anniversary of the win over the Russians that took place on Tuesday.A few more questions linger for USA Todays Kevin Allen has the NHL trade deadline looms.A good piece in the Province about Vancouver homeboy Milan Lucic getting a chance to bask in the glow of praise from his friends and family this week while being honored by his Vancouver Giants hockey club.