NHL Notes: Fundamentals paying off for Kings

NHL Notes: Fundamentals paying off for Kings
May 24, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Mike Richards, left, Jeff Carter and the Kings hold a 3-2 series lead over the Sharks in their second-round matchup. (USA Today Images)

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On "Philly Sports Talk," Danny Briere discussed his future with the Flyers and how he likes broadcasting (see story).

"It's a lot of fun," Briere said about broadcasting. "Obviously, I'd rather be playing but I guess it's the second-best seat.

"Hopefully I have a couple more years to play."

Now, here's some of what's going on around the rest of the NHL:

Fundamentals paying off for the Kings
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There's nothing fancy about the way Matt Greene plays hockey, and that's why the veteran defenseman fits perfectly with the Los Angeles Kings.

Greene's return to the Kings' lineup has coincided with a return to form by the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have a chance to close out the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 on Sunday night.

Los Angeles can't match the Sharks' top-end talent or entertainment value, but the champs won the pivotal Game 5 on Thursday night with a fundamentally sound effort led by its sturdy defense.

Greene missed the first nine games of the playoffs after sitting nearly the entire regular season with a back injury. He returned for Game 4, and now the Kings have shut out the Sharks for the last 96 minutes (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Coyotes GM Maloney signs contract extension
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes general manager Don Maloney signed a long-term contract extension Friday with the NHL-owned team. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Maloney has directed the team for six seasons, leading the franchise to the Western Conference finals last year despite the restrictions of league ownership. The Coyotes missed the playoffs this year, going 21-18-9 in the lockout-shortened season.

The 54-year-old former NHL player joined the Coyotes after 10 seasons in the New York Rangers' front office. He also worked for the New York Islanders, serving as general manager in 1992-95, and was a scout for the San Jose Sharks in 1996-97 (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Blue Jackets sign McElhinney, Melart
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenseman Ilari Melart to one-year contracts.

McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. He has a 19-26-4 record, with a 3.09 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. In 2012-13, he went 29-6-3 with nine shutouts in 49 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.

The 24-year-old Melart, signed to an entry-level contract, spent the past several seasons playing in Europe. Last year, he was with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.

The club has begun to work on a new deal with top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.

- The Associated Press

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