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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 22:  Linden Vey #7 of the Vancouver Canucks in action against the New York Islanders during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 22, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Linden Vey’s father facing trial for conspiracy to murder wife


Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey said that “everybody has something to go through.”

But not everyone is facing a situation like this.

Vey grew up in a town of fewer than 1,000 people, was coached by his father at an early age and is close to his family. Now, Vey’s father — Curtis — is set to go to trail on charges of conspiracy to murder his wife.

Curtis and Angela Nicholson, who is also being accused of conspiracy to kill her spouse, were allegedly having an affair. Police claim that the plan was for Curtis to kill his wife in a house fire while Angela’s husband would have died of a drug overdose.

The two were charged in 2013. Their trial is scheduled for May 24.

This was unknown to the public at large until Tuesday when Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province published his article about it. As Botchford told PHT’s Mike Halford and Jason Brough in an interview on TSN 1040, he waited until the season was over to release the story, partly because the rink has been Vey’s sanctuary.

Had this story come out during the season, he would have likely been confronted about it often.

Still, it’s hard not to look at the 24-year-old Canucks forward who has been struggling to establish himself in the NHL over the past few years and wonder how much of what he’s had to go through has impacted his professional life.

“It’s a tough situation for me,” Vey told The Province. “Sometimes, when you have something like that weighing on your mind, it’s tough to be super focused.

“But I do have a great family and support system.”

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Pittsburgh Penguins managed to avoid a Game 7 by eliminating the Washington Capitals in overtime last night, but the St. Louis Blues weren’t able to do the same against the Dallas Stars on Monday. As a result the first of two second round Game 7s is scheduled for tonight, so let’s go over how to watch it.

St. Louis at Dallas (8:00 p.m. ET)

The television broadcast will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

In the meantime, here’s some relevant reading material:

‘I want to sleep on what I’m going to do,’ says Hitchcock of Blues goalie situation for Game 7

Seguin ‘day-to-day,’ won’t play Game 7

Blues sign promising Finnish goalie Ville Husso

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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There’s just one game scheduled for tonight, but it should be an exciting one and as you’ve likely guessed, you will be able to watch it via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

Washington at Pittsburgh (8:00 p.m. ET)

Pittsburgh holds a 2-1 series lead, but this game in particular will be a big test for the Penguins as they’ll be without defensemen Kris Letang (suspended) and Olli Maatta (upper body). The contest will air on NBCSN and if you want to stream it, you can do so by clicking here.

In the meantime, here are some relevant links:

If there’s an expansion draft, which goalie should Pittsburgh protect?

Penguins bring up Sestito and Oleksy

Video: Letang suspended one game for late hit with ‘significant head contact’ on Johansson

With Letang suspended, Schultz out to ‘prove a lot of people wrong’ if he gets the call in Game 4

If there’s an expansion draft, which goalie should Pittsburgh protect?

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) misses on a shot on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) during the third period of Game 1 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal series Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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Marc-Andre Fleury could have started in Game 3 on Monday, but didn’t. Instead the Penguins went with Matt Murray, who rewarded their trust by stopping 47 shots in a 3-2 victory over Washington.

What’s remarkable is that no part of that story is surprising at this point. Under different circumstances, the Penguins might have started Fleury as soon as he had the green light to return from his concussion, but why switch course when Murray’s been excelling between the pipes?

But that’s just the reality of these set of circumstances, right? Shouldn’t the starting gig eventually revert back to Fleury given that he is the established upper-echelon goaltender while Murray is still fairly inexperienced?

Under normal circumstances that would seem like a reasonable conclusion and in the short-term that might be the road the Penguins go down, but as Sportsnet recently brought up a potential expansion draft has the power to change things.

As Sportsnet reported:

An interesting aspect of the recent deal worked out by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association regarding expansion draft rules is that only players with a full no-movement clause will have to be protected by their team, according to a source.

Fleury’s contract includes a no-movement clause for the purposes of waivers or being assigned to the American Hockey League, but it is limited when it comes to trades. Each year he submits a 12-team list of teams where he can’t be dealt.

As a result, he’s not exempt from the expansion process and the Penguins would have to decide between protecting either him or Murray if both remained on the roster through the end of next season. It might ultimately force general manager Jim Rutherford into making up his mind sooner in order to trade one away and get a return on the asset.

Sportsnet goes into detail about Murray’s performance in the playoffs as well as the situation this has left Marc-Andre Fleury in and it’s a good read. For our purposes right now, let’s focus on the what if scenario of that possible expansion draft.

It might all sound premature given that Murray only has 19 total playoff and regular season NHL games under his belt and certainly there’s a lot that could happen between now and any potential expansion draft that would make the Penguins’ decision easier. At the same time, it’s worth keeping in mind that the 21-year-old goaltender didn’t come out of nowhere this season. The majority of people might not have paid attention to Murray prior to this season, but his 2014-15 AHL rookie campaign was nothing short of incredible and he remained dominant in the AHL in 2015-16 before getting summoned.

In that context, Murray is more than just a hot goaltender and even if he gets lit up in Game 4 tonight resulting in Fleury being thrust back into service, that wouldn’t dismiss this conversation as no longer relevant. Either way the Penguins decision in an expansion draft would come down to picking between the relative safety of 31-year-old Fleury or the high potential of Murray.

It’s a tough call to make, but the consolation for the Penguins is that they won’t be the only team forced to make difficult decisions as the result of an expansion draft, should one happen.

PHT Morning Skate: Hartley’s not the first to get fired within year of winning Jack Adams Award

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley sets a play during overtime of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins in Boston, Thursday, March 5, 2015. The Flames defeated the Bruins 4-3 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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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.

It took less than a year for Bob Hartley to go from winning the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach to being fired. That might seem like an incredible drop, but Hartley’s not the first to go through this. (Calgary Sun)

Speaking of the Hartley firing, Mark Giordano said “it’s an eye-opener for a lot of our players.” (Calgary Sun)

Pittsburgh has a 2-1 edge in its second round series, but between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals captain has been the bigger contributor. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)

After spending a season with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, Mark Morris has decided to go back to coaching college hockey. (The News & Observer)

If you have $7.19 million lying around, you might be able to buy Ryan Getzlaf‘s Corona del Mar house. (Orange County Register)

Finally, on a different note, the Tampa Bay Times have bought and shutdown the Tampa Tribune, as USA Today reported. That ended Erik Erlendsson’s tenure as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s beat writer for the Tribune and Lightning coach Jon Cooper took it upon himself to write this: