The Los Angeles Kings’ season is just one game old and already they received some devastating news. Lisa Dillman of the LA Times has reported that bruising defenseman Matt Greene suffered a mid-body injury during Los Angeles’ season-opening loss to Chicago on Saturday.
Dillman tweeted (@reallisa):
“Having some twitter issues. Just got email from Dean Lombardi. Says D Matt Greene is ‘out for the year probably.’”
As per the Kings’ official website (lakings.com), Greene has been placed on the injured reserve list which, unlike the NFL, doesn’t necessarily end a player’s season. However, with the Kings already missing Willie Mitchell due to injury, the back-end for the reigning champs is a bit depleted. The Kings have called up Andrew Bodnarchuk from their AHL affiliate in Manchester and is expected to join the team tomorrow in time for their game in Colorado when they take on the Avalanche.
Greene participated in all 82 games last season where he scored four goals and added 11 assists to go along with a +4 rating. While he may not be the biggest offensive threat, Matt Greene is a sound defensive player who is never afraid to use his 6’3, 237-pound frame to his advantage and if he is set to miss the rest of the season, that will be a significant void in which the Kings will need to fill soon.
With the promising news that injured forward Anze Kopitar could return to the Kings lineup this week, to hear this surely dampens the mood of Kings fans everywhere. My only question is what GM Dean Lombardi will do now? Will he use his assets from Manchester or will he trade for or sign an available defenseman? Just last week, recently bought-out defenseman Wade Redden was on the Kings’ radar and surely his veteran presence might have helped. However, Redden signed in St. Louis and now the Kings must look elsewhere to how they will address this issue.
It certainly hasn’t been an easy few days to be a Kings fan but hopefully a win tomorrow or a return by Kopitar will lift the spirits of those in La-La Land for the time being. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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