Recommending changes to the NHL All-Star Game…Tim Thomas growing weary of questions over his White House snub…Blue Jackets to host 2013 All-Star Game…Analysis of the Red Wings season thus far…Leadership praised for Panthers turnaround…A profile of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick…Raleigh’s hockey reputation on the rise…Pat LaFontaine still active in children’s charities…The NHL playoff push.

WASHINGTON POST: Tarik El-Bashir has some good suggestions on improving the NHL All-Star game, most of which probably won’t be implemented by the league.

BOSTON HERALD: Bruins goalie Tim Thomas is getting weary of being questioned about his snubbing the White House ceremony honoring the Bruins Stanley Cup championship. You reap what you sow, Timmy. Suck it up and deal with it.

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets could find out as soon as today they’ll be hosting the 2013 NHL All-Star Game, which will at least give Blue Jackets fans something to look forward to next season. I know, bit of a cheap shot, but given how that team’s been run, it’s a leap to expect the Jackets to improve next season.

THE DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa examines how the Red Wings overcame a slow start to this season to once again rank among the league’s elite teams.

MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon and head coach Kevin Dineen are earning plaudits for turning the club around this season.

Quick could carry the Kings to the playoffs.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: A profile of Kings goalie Jonathan Quick.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Raleigh’s hockey reputation is on the rise, which will likely surprise ignorant, snobbish Canadian-based hockey pundits who constantly refer to Raleigh as hockey’s “Mayberry”.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL superstar Pat LaFontaine continues to do his part to help children’s charities.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle recently posted the records all 30 NHL teams need to clinch playoff berths.