Author: Jason Brough

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(Video) PHT Extra: Can Mrazek steal Game 7 for Red Wings?


For some reason, Halford picked the Red Wings to beat the Lightning in seven games.

What’s even crazier is he could be absolutely right.

We discuss tomorrow’s big game in Tampa Bay:

Related: Wings’ Kronwall has hearing today for hit on Kucherov

Armstrong: ‘Let’s live to fight another day’

Doug Armstrong

Let’s put it this way — the St. Louis Blues have no plans to become a “tomorrow team.”

GM Doug Armstrong met with reporters today, alongside head coach (for now) Ken Hitchcock, to answer for yet another disappointing playoff performance.

While Armstrong is fully aware of his team’s situation — “We entered a window four years ago, and the window doesn’t stay open forever” — he’s also wary of overreacting.

“What I don’t want to do is hurt the franchise long-term,” he said. “I don’t want to do something that is going to be a good headline tomorrow, and that we’re going to regret for five or six years.”

As such, his recommendation to ownership will be this: “Let’s live to fight another day. Let’s go back to work. Let’s prop this group up. Let’s find out what’s holding us back, and let’s attack it.”

To be clear, that doesn’t mean no changes. Obviously, there will be changes.

“I’d rather work with these guys than against these guys,” he said. “But ultimately I’m going to do what I have to do to give our organization the best chance for success. Hard decisions are made. That’s the business that we’ve chosen. We’re all compensated very well, and there’s a responsibility that goes with that compensation. … I don’t want to tear it apart, but I’m not afraid to make changes if I think it’ll help the team.”

Two Seattle arena proposals, now pitted against each other


The reported plan, nascent as it may be, to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila has put Seattle mayor Ed Murray under increasing pressure to get his stalled arena project in the city’s Sodo neighborhood back on track.

“I’m committed to doing everything I can to get an NBA and NHL team here in Seattle,” Murray said, per King 5. “And Seattle is absolutely the only place for an NHL and NBA team here in our region.

“As I’ve said before, I stand by the [memorandum of understanding] that the city signed which requires the NBA to commit to Seattle before an arena can be built. But given what we’ve heard from the NBA, I’m open to the idea of NHL coming to Seattle first. I am ready to listen and would be willing to reconsider the MOU if there is an NHL-first proposal that pencils out for the City.”

Putting even more pressure on Murray to do whatever needs to be done to start construction is Tukwila’s reputation for, well, doing the things that need to be done, and doing them quickly.

“Unlike some councils in the area, Tukwila has a very harmonious group,” a source told the Seattle Times. “There aren’t too many disagreements on anything amongst the councilors, and it leads to things getting done very quickly.”

Related: Doubts raised about alternative Seattle arena locations