PHT Morning Skate: The Canucks hired a bartender

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

Jay Jones, selected as Vancouver’s “Most Imaginative Bartender” by GQ Magazine, has been hired by the Canucks as their new director of wine and beverage, with the goal of improving Rogers Arena drink services. (Vancouver Sun)

Adam Erne, the 33rd overall pick at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, is going for surgery on his injured wrist and could be out until training camp. (NHL.com)

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Quinnipiac forward Jordan Samuels-Thomas from Winnipeg in exchange for a seventh-round pick. (Buffalo News)

The American Hockey League has announced its realignment for 2014-15. (AHL)

NHL Network’s Kathryn Tappen has joined the NBC Sports Group. (NBC Sports Group Press Box)

Remember Alex Bourret? The 16th overall pick in 2005? Taken ahead of Tuukka Rask, T.J. Oshie, Andrew Cogliano, Martin Hanzal and Matt Niskanen? Anyway, he just signed with the Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League.