PHT Morning Skate: Seattle is already a hockey town; Bailey’s big year

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Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.

• Up top, check out the highlights from last night’s game between the Flyers and Red Wings.

• Even though they don’t have an NHL team yet, Seattle is already a hockey town. (ESPN)

• Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan is thrilled at the opportunity to bring a team to town. (King5.com)

• Good to see Corey Crawford working out again. He’s been dealing with vertigo-like symptoms. (Chicago Sun-Times)

• The NHL’s current playoff format is definitely flawed. (TSN.ca)

• The Bruins have made some bad trades over the last couple of years, but they’ve managed to become a competitive team again. (Sporting News)

• Referees Dave Jackson and Wes McCauley are going to the All-Star game. (Scouting the Refs)

• The Islanders could play games in two different arenas until their new rink is being built. (The Sports Daily)

• Connecticut motorists can now purchase Hartford Whalers license plates. (Courant.com)

• Here’s an interesting column about how a strong sense of masculinity affected the New York Rangers this week. (Blue Seat Blogs)

• Check out these three Blues trade proposals involving Alex Pietrangelo. This is pretty wild stuff. (St. Louis Game Time)

• Leafs head coach Mike Babcock will receive the Order of Hockey in Canada in mid-June. (NHL.com)

• It took Josh Bailey 10 years, but he’s finally developed into a top line player for the Isles. (NHL.com)

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.