PHT Morning Skate: Carcillo’s day with Stanley Cup

So happy for the ‘hawks!

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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.

Tim Panaccio argues that the Philadelphia Flyers are the most improved hockey club in their division. (CSN Philly)

Ty Rattie put up amazing numbers in the Western Hockey League, but the 20-year-old forward’s small frame makes him a question mark as he works to earn a spot with the St. Louis Blues. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Defenseman Eric Roy went from a potential first round pick to being selected 135th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He hopes to use that to motivate himself going forward. (Calgary Sun)

Chicago Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo took the Stanley Cup to King City, Ontario. (CSN Chicago)

The Colorado Avalanche think the NHL realignment should provide them with a…

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Isles sign Bailey — five years, $16.5 million

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Josh Bailey has agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the New York Islanders, the club announced today.

Bailey had 11 goals and eight assists in 38 games this past season. The 23-year-old forward had filed for arbitration, but obviously a hearing won’t be needed now.

Per ESPN’s Katie Strang, the contract is worth $16.5 million, garnering a cap hit of $3.3 million.

“Josh has become an important member of the young core of the players we have in our dressing room,” Islanders general manager Garth Snow said in a release. “We’re excited to come to terms with him on a deal that will ensure he is a member of this team as we solidify ourselves as consistent playoff contenders.”

Bailey was originally drafted ninth overall by the Isles in 2008.

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Geoffrion announces retirement

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Back in March, it was reported that 25-year-old Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion had retired after suffering a serious head injury while playing for AHL Hamilton in November.

That report was quickly refuted, with Geoffrion’s dad saying his son was only considering retiring.

But today, Geoffion made it official.

“After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game of hockey for the time being,” he said in a release. “I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough.”

Geoffrion required immediate surgery for a depressed skull fracture that he sustained on a hit (video) from Jean-Philippe Cote of the…

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Roy has top three lines tentatively mapped out

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One of the knocks against the Colorado drafting Nathan MacKinnon was that the Avalanche weren’t hurting for another center, but coach Patrick Roy thinks he has a solution for that potential logjam, based on a Denver Post report.

Roy plans to shift Ryan O’Reilly from center to the left wing so that he can play on a line with P.A. Parenteau and Matt Duchene. That will free up the third line center gig for Nathan MacKinnon. He’ll be flanked by Jamie McGinn and Steve Downie.

In the long run, MacKinnon is projected to develop into a top line forward, but Roy is looking to ease him into the NHL.

“It wouldn’t matter where I play,” MacKinnon said. “I just would do whatever it takes to help the team.”

There will also be a line of Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog, and the recently acquired Alex Tanguay.

One of the big question…

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Devils’ Clarkson likely headed to free agency

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New Jersey has already re-signed Dainius Zubrus and are on the verge of re-signing Patrik Elias, but David Clarkson may not be returning.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports that barring a drastic change of direction, Clarkson is headed to free agency on July 5. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello didn’t sound very positive about re-signing the power forward when asked if it’ll happen.

“David, I don’t know at this point. We’ll certainly talk and I’ll leave it at that,” Lamoriello said. 

Clarkson could be in the market for a sizable raise given the dearth of goal-scoring power forwards out there. While Nathan Horton will garner plenty of attention, Clarkson’s ability to both be a garbage man in front of the net and handle himself in a fight might appeal to more than a few teams (Toronto? Calgary? Detroit? Spitballin’ here gang.)

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