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PHT Morning Skate: Where first Vancouver riot trial has begun

Feb 5, 2013, 7:16 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Detroit Red Wings might finally rest goaltender Jimmy Howard this week. However, it’s not clear if Jonas Gustavsson (groin), Joey MacDonald (back), or recently promoted 20-year-old netminder Petr Mrazek will get the nod. If Gustavsson and MacDonald aren’t healthy in time, then it looks like Mrazek will make his NHL debut this weekend. (Detroit News)

The Edmonton Oilers line of Sam Gagner, Nail Yakupov, and Ales Hemsky has been a huge part of their offense this season. 23-year-old Gagner in particular has excelled with three goals and 10 points in nine games this season. (Edmonton Sun)

21-year-old forward Chris Kreider is close to returning from an ankle injury, but he might not be in the New York Rangers’ lineup when he’s healthy. (The Bergen Record)

The first trial regarding Vancouver’s 2011 Stanley Cup riot has begun. Spencer Kirkwood has pleaded not guilty, claiming that he has no memory of participating in the riot, despite there allegedly being video footage of him smashing a downtown office building’s window with a street barricade. (CBC)

Stars goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp has been activated from the injured reserve list and sent to the minors. That solidifies Richard Bachman‘s place as Dallas’ backup goaltender for now. (Sportsnet)

Defenseman Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) will be absent for a third consecutive game Tuesday, but he’s not likely to miss “weeks,” according to Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel. (Winnipeg Sun)

Boston Bruins forward Daniel Paille (eye) might be back on Wednesday. (CSN New England)

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney isn’t happy with the decision to make him a healthy scratch on Monday, but he knows he can play better. Oilers coach Ralph Krueger suggested that this is an opportunity for him to take a step back and “come back even stronger.” (Edmonton Sun)

  1. ballistictrajectory - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    Almost two years… Seems the wheels of justice could use a drop or two of oil.

    • pone27 - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Sure can. Don’t care if it was 10 years, one of the most moronic, disgraceful acts by fans in sports history.

    • nobandwagoners - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      The little blurb could be a bit clearer – this is the first case to go to TRIAL arising from the riot. All the other charges that have gone forward to the courts have until now resulted in guilty pleas with the only issue for the court to then deal with being the appropriate sentence in each case. So the wheels have been turning.

  2. kitshky - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    “Come on girl, that can’t be my baby … I don’t even remember meeting you!! ”

    Of course he’s gonna try the ‘blackout drunk’ defense. Nobody poured the Coors Light & Jager Bombs down his loser ass throat except him. I was there … a**holes like him put me, my friends and family, and every other person there in danger. Forgetting the material damage for a second, that’s crime enough and “but I was drunk” ain’t gonna cut it.

    Pretty much everyone else charged has owned up for their idiocy … be a man Kirkwood.

  3. kitshky - Feb 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Oh, one more thing..

    Of course the guy that is trying to say he’s not responsible because he was drunk is going to run a red light in May because he’d been drinking (failed conclusive tests at the station) .. and go on the record denying he’d even had a drink.

    Loser.

  4. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Feb 5, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Swift justice, Canadian style

    • nunan - Feb 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      this just made me laugh.

  5. thehighcountrybear - Feb 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Any inquiries or trials should begin at the doorsteps of the mayor and police chief’s offices. The city had a history of riots, and every indication a repeat was likely was evident in the simple makeup of the carnival as evolved outside the arena throughout the playoffs. The CBC had crews and cameras prepared so why was the city not prepared?

  6. uscthom78 - Feb 5, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Need to add perjury charges. Spencer kirkwood is a lying piece of dung.

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