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from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Here’s what Dustin Brown had to say today about the Kings’ needs and his thoughts about where they’re headed

Question: If Dean Lombardi comes to you and asks you what this team needs in order to improve, what do you tell him?

BROWN: ``From a personnel standpoint right now, what sticks out in my mind is left wing. I’m playing left wing, and I have no problem playing left wing, but I think Terry prefers me on right wing. I’ve played the last 15 games or so on the left, and it has definitely taken some time to get adjusted to. We also had Zeus (Michal Handzus) playing left wing, and he’s a natural center. He’s been one of our better centers this year and he’s great on faceoffs. He was playing left wing for five or six games. We got rid of Cammy (Michael Cammalleri) last year, and with Sully (Patrick O’Sullivan) getting dealt at the deadline this year, it feels like, from a personnel standpoint or a positional standpoint, it’s left wing.’‘

Question: That question is not meant as disrespect to anyone in the room, of course…

BROWN: ``No, not at all. But when you look at our lineup, Fro (Alexander Frolov) plays left wing, but I would prefer the right side and I think Zeus would prefer to play center obviously. We were putting one of our best faceoff men on the wing, so that obviously shows a need.’‘

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Blues Are One Happy Group

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from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“God it feels good,” Murray said. “I feel good for these guys, obviously, and 19 1/2 thousand of their good friends right now. It’s pretty special.

“It just shows you that if you stick with it. and I know I sounded like a broken record to a long of you since the beginning of the year, when I said we were working our tails off . . .

“When I look back at it, I’ll probably realize how difficult it was to do it. I think we tried to be as good as we could be in each game we played and the guys were echoing the same sentiments. It’s a hard-working group of guys. They work hard in practice.

more and below, watch Chris Mason and David Backes as they discuss being in the playoffs…

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A Discussion Found Funny

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Steve Ott of the Stars and Mike Brown of the Ducks had a little chat last night.

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Canucks Can Win Division Today

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from CBC,

The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs last season but could be returning with home ice advantage in the first round as Northwest Division champs, depending on what transpires on Saturday.

Vancouver (44-27-10) can clinch their third division title in five years with a win or an overtime loss in a 12 p.m. PT start in Denver, Colorado.

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Versus- The Established Home For The NHL

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from Mike Reynolds of Multichannel News,

Versus will carry ratings momentum into the boards when the National Hockey League faces off for the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday.

The Comcast-owned sports network continued its Nielsen advance with the puck sport with significant double-digit growth during the 2008-09 regular season. At the same time, Versus will look to measure up to the major gains it registered with last year’s postseason run.

“It’s our fourth season. Versus is the established home for the National Hockey League,” said Versus executive vice president of programming, production and business operations Marc Fein, who notes the network is also benefiting from an expanded sub base that has grown 4% over the past year in surpassing the 75 million mark.

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Coach Of The Year

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I have been supporting Jacques Lemaire as coach of the year for most of this season and while he has done an amazing job with a Minnesota Wild team I do not think he is the best candidate right now.  Andy Murray in St Louis has done an even better job this season.  He is my choice.

Murray has been a very good coach for years.  This year he had a St Louis team that looked like it was on its way to a lottery pick in the draft.  He made several key moves that changed their fortunes.  He sent early season number one goalie Manny Legace to the minors and made Chris Mason the number one goalie.  He gave young players including TJ Oshie and David Backes the lead role offensively.  He kept things positive despite a poor start and despite longterm injuries to Paul Kariya and Erik Johnson, who were considered key components of the team.  The Blues have now clinched a playoff berth and Murray deserves credit for transforming the team into a playoff team.

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Jordin Tootoo Hit On Dan Fritsche Tonight

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Tootoo with a shoulder to the head of Fritsche, who did have his head down.  No penalty on the play.

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Blues In, Predators Out, Wild Wait

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St,.Louis Blues are in the playoffs, the Nashville Predators are not.

If the Anaheim Ducks get at least one point tonight, then the Minnesota Wild will also be eliminated.

added 11:22pm, With the Calgary losing to Edmonton, the Blackawks are locked into the 4th seed in the Western Conference.

added 4/11/09 12:49AM, Ducks win in shootout.  Playoff teams in the West are set.

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Did You Expect The Bruins To Be This Good?

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Few hockey savants picked the Boston Bruins to bestride the Eastern Conference and emerge as a Stanley Cup contender.

A playoff team, yes, but this?

The seeds, planted in an exhausting seven-game playoff defeat against the Montreal Canadiens, germinated over the summer and sprouted to mad-science proportions once the NHL season began.

“I think it all goes back to that series last year,” all-star Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas said. “We’d had an up-and-down year, but showed we could go up against a top team and not give an inch. That’s when we came together as a team.”

A healthy dollop of the Bruins success is owed to a breakout, Vezina-calibre year by Thomas, who leads the NHL in save percentage and goals-against average.

continued plus more NHL talk…

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Don Waddell - Stay Or Go?

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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Coaches, players and even owners have come and gone, but one man has been there from the start. Is it time to replace Don Waddell, the only general manager in Thrashers history? Waddell says he will be back with the same responsibilities he has always had. “No doubt about it,” he said Thursday night.

Here are three arguments for and against retaining him.

Reasons to make a change

1. Accountability.

No other NHL general manager has kept his job as long as Waddell with so little success. The Thrashers have played 737 games; they have won 272. Only seven active GMs have been with their current team as long as Waddell has been with the Thrashers. Three have won Stanley Cups. Two have reached the cup finals.

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