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PHT Morning Skate: Where Mike Smith just won’t cut his hair

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game One

GLENDALE, AZ - MAY 13: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Phoenix Coyotes looks on during Game One of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Kings during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on May 13, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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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.

Mike Smith isn’t cutting his hair during the playoffs... Because he’s trying to win a bet with former Lightning teammate Ryan Malone. (Globe And Mail)

The Kings’ top line of Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, and Justin Williams is already giving the Coyotes headaches after one game. (Los Angeles Times)

Dwight King is quite enjoying things with fellow mid-season rookie call-up Jordan Nolan. Manchester, New Hampshire has never been prouder. (L.A. Kings Insider)

Joe Thornton has a lot to say including his feelings about Todd McLellan coming back or not (he thinks he should) and how his job is to just play hockey. Easy there, captain. (

The Wild’s new play-by-play voice for TV will be Anthony LaPanta and the fans aren’t exactly liking the choice. (Russo’s Rants, Hockey Wilderness)

Bob McKenzie talks about the coaching moves of the summer and who might be going where. (TSN)

Carey Price’s summer is going to be a fascinating one in Montreal thanks to having to get a new deal worked out. (Montreal Gazette)

Vladimir Tarasenko is going to give the Blues agita worrying whether or not he’s coming over from Russia next season. (Post-Dispatch)

Speaking of players who may or may not come over from Russia: Flames goalie Karri Ramo. (Calgary Sun)

The Lightning might be looking for a coaching consultant as assistant coach Wayne Fleming is battling brain cancer. (Lightning Strikes)

Mike Fisher and his wife (you may have heard of Carrie Underwood) are going to be interviewed by Oprah. (Puck The Media)