PHT Morning Skate: Alain Vigneault’s calming influence in New York

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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.

Apparently Alain Vigneault has a “calming influence” on the Rangers. Switching from John Tortorella to just about anyone would have that effect, right? (Winnipeg Free Press)

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Yes, your team could have Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov and probably very easily, too. (TSN)

The Sharks have quite a few big name players who need new deals this summer. (ESPN)

Pat LaFontaine’s search for a new GM may lead to him hiring someone who has never held the position before. Don’t worry Sabres fans, that’s not as scary as it sounds. (The Score)

The Toronto Maple Leafs have an especially brutal schedule in December that the gang at Pension Plan Puppets are calling “Badvent.” Just think of an Advent calendar that gives you poison each day instead of chocolate. (PPP)

You won’t believe it, but Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien doesn’t particularly like the Montreal Canadiens. (CSNNE.com)

Karl Alzner says the Capitals took the Carolina Hurricanes “way too lightly.” (CSNWashington.com)