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February 23, 2009 |  6:50 pm

The Kings' announcement Monday afternoon that the NHL had granted non-roster status to right wing Dustin Brown and that they had recalled right wing Teddy Purcell from Manchester of the American Hockey League sounds far more mysterious and sinister than it really is.

Brown didn't accompany the team to Minnesota for Tuesday's game because his wife, Nicole, is about to deliver the couple's second child. Brown had previously said the baby was expected in April, so this is well before her original due date. It's unclear when he will rejoin the Kings, whose next game after that is Wednesday in Philadelphia.

The Kings needed to replace him but needed to create a roster spot to do that because Oscar Moller is still on their roster, even though he's on a conditioning assignment in Manchester.

So they got the NHL to grant Brown non-roster status and had the space to summon Purcell.

-- Helene Elliott

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