Morning Skate 225: A family affair in Vancouver

Morning Skate 225: A family affair in Vancouver
February 25, 2011, 10:12 pm

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER It was family day at the Pacific Coliseum on Friday morning with friends and family members adorned in Milan Lucic and Mark Recchi jerseys as the Bruins players practiced at the home of the Vancouver Giants.Mark Recchis three brothers have made the trip to Vancouver from their hometown of Kamloops, British Columbia, and Lucics entire family has been around all week given that big No. 17 grew up a five minutes drive away from the East Vancouver rink.In fact between the Pacific Coliseum and the adjacent Agrodome Skating Rink where Lucic first learned how to lace up the skates and get is feet going, the Bs have basically journeyed to the cradle of their power forwards hockey career.Its been enjoyable to watch Lucic handle the adulation and praise from folks around Vancouver that literally tracked his birth and development into a hockey superstar, and the best part comes Saturday night when he gets put his skills on display against the Vancouver Canucks team he grew up worshipping.On to the links:David Perron talks about the concussion thats knocked him out of commission for the majority of this season, and the Vancouver specialist hes hoping will help him as he did teammate Andy McDonald.A look by Yahoo! Sports hockey columnist Nick Cotsonika at the wheeling and dealing going around the NHL this season.The New Jersey Devils have won nine games in a row, and actually pulled themselves into within nine points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Can you believe it?A good look by Pro Hockey Talks Joe Yerdon at the five players still most likely to be moved by the NHL trade deadline on Monday.Phil Kessel looks like hes finally turning the corner for the Maple Leafs, and Mike Zeisberger has the story in the Toronto Sun. I contend that finally doing some damage against the Bruins really opened things up for Phil the Thrill to start really flying for the Leafs.The AHL has turned into the trash compactor where NHL teams dump their unwanted contracts, and where viable NHL players must serve their time for simply flying in the face of the salary cap, the Wall Street Journal reports.A good look by CSNNE.coms Mary Paoletti at the concussion epidemic in pro sports, and where we stand as the numbers keep going up across the spectrum of sports.