Morning Skate 218: Comparing to Lucic

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Morning Skate 218: Comparing to Lucic

Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Nick Cotsonika on the Nashville Predators going for broke this season before the team is potentially broken up by free agency.

An interesting Edmonton Journal piece on Jordan Eberle and whether hes one of the NHLs top snipers along with the Bs Milan Lucic.

Pavel Kubina is bummed that hell be asked to leave Tampa Bay via trade, but the silver lining is that hell be going to somebody in the playoff hunt for the rest of this season.

The Winnipeg Free Press says that Blake Wheeler now rivals Milan Lucic as one of the best young power forwards in the game. Because when I think power I absolutely think of Blake Wheeler.

Radim Vrbata is staying humble despite some big success in the desert with the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Toronto Sun has Luke Schenn very confused about the trade rumors that have swirling around the Maple Leafs defenseman seemingly all season.

Something a little different: the city of Philadelphia might have to come to grips with an actual successful franchise.

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL

Tom Brady delivers video message at funeral of Navy SEAL


Tom Brady delivered a video message last week at the funeral of Navy SEAL Kyle Milliken, a Maine native and former UConn track athlete killed in Somalia on May 5.

Bill Speros of The Boston Herald, in a column this Memorial Day weekend, wrote about Milliken and Brady's message.   

Milliken ran track at Cheverus High School in Falmouth, Maine, and at UConn, where he graduated in 2001. Milliken lived in Virginia Beach, Va., with his wife, Erin, and two children.  He other Navy SEALs participated in a training exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011 where he met and posed for pictures with Brady.

Speros wrote that at Milliken’s funeral in Virginia Beach, Va., Brady's video offered condolences and thanked Milliken’s family for its sacrifice and spoke of how Milliken was considered a “glue guy” by UConn track coach Greg Roy.

Milliken had served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning four Bronze Star Medals and was based in Virginia since 2004.  He was killed in a nighttime firefight with Al-Shabaab militants near Barij, about 40 miles from the Somali capital of Mogadishu. He was 38.

The Pentagon said Milliken was the first American serviceman killed in combat in Somalia since the "Black Hawk Down" battle that killed 18 Americans in 1993. 

In a statement to the Herald, Patriots owner Robert Kraft said: “It was an honor to host Kyle and his team for an exercise at Gillette Stadium in 2011. It gave new meaning to the stadium being known as home of the Patriots. We were deeply saddened to hear of Kyle’s death earlier this month.

“As Memorial Day weekend approaches, we are reminded of the sacrifices made by patriots like Kyle and so many others who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend and protect our rights as Americans. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt appreciation are extended to the Milliken family and the many families who will be remembering lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.”