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PHT Morning Skate: Can the Coyotes grow their fanbase thanks to their playoff run?

May 12, 2012, 9:08 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 Florida Panthers are gearing up for a busy summer. Should re-signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Jason Garrison to a long-term contract be one of their top priorities? (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)

Kings GM Dean Lombardi owes a degree of his success to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and former hockey player and GM Bob Clarke. (Kings.nhl.com)

The London Knights – aka the team that Capitals head coach Dale Hunter was the bench boss of when the 2011-12 season started – has taken the Ontario Hockey League title and advanced to the Memorial Cup. Maybe that’s a good omen for Hunter going into Game 7 on Saturday. (Sportsnet.ca)

Kings forward Colin Fraser decided to try his hand at being a reporter and find out which of his teammates are sporting the best and worst playoff beards. Maybe the beard is the secret to Dustin Penner‘s recent success… (LA Kings Insider)

Winnipeg might have a new NHL team, but the Phoenix Coyotes still have some fans in their old city. Not a lot by the sounds of it, but some… (Winnipeg Sun)

The Coyotes are creating a buzz in Glendale with their recent success, but will the interest in the team last beyond this playoff run? (NHL.com)

This will be New York Rangers’ Mike Rupp‘s sixth career Game 7. (Newark Star-Ledger)

A look at some of the storylines surrounding the Nashville Predators going into the summer. (Nashville Tennessean)

Johan Franzen broke his nose while playing for Team Sweden in the World Championship. (Detroit News)

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