Ironman Defenseman Matt Greene Will Likely Be Sidelined For The Remainder Of The Season According To Numerous Reports. Greene Injured His Back In The First Game Of The Kings Title Defense Season.
By Paul Armbruster | KingsNewsDaily.com
The Kings have yet to confirm the news but LA Times columnist, Lisa Dillman, reported via twitter that Dean Lombardi said in an email that Matt Greene is “out for the year probably.” This is a terrible blow to an already shaky Kings defense with the recent loss of long-held prospect Thomas Hickey via waivers and the injury of veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell.
Press Release | LAKings.com
The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League and have placed defenseman Matt Greene on the injured reserve list (retroactive to January 19), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Bodnarchuk participated in training camp with the Kings before he was assigned to Manchester on January 18 when the Kings officially set their player roster for the start of this season. The 5-11, 190-pound native of Drumheller, Alberta, has played in 39 games with Manchester this season and has 12 points (3-9=12).
Bodnarchuk, who wears No. 47, has played in five NHL games (with Boston in 2009-10). He is expected to meet the Kings in Denver.
Greene has been placed on IR due to a mid-body injury. In one game with the Kings this season he has one point (an assist).
- The official word from the Kings does not confirm Lisa Dillman’s report but it does strike an ominous and cryptic tone. Posted on LAKingsInsider.com regarding Greene’s injury, “As for recovery timeframe, we plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
- According to John Hoven over at Mayor’s Manor, his sources say Greene is “estimated to be out 6-12 weeks, depending on how he heals.”
- Confirming the MM report, according to Helene Elliott of the LA Times, Greene’s timetable is 3 months.
- Lisa Dillman reported this morning that Matt Greene will, indeed, have surgery to repair a herniated disk as soon as Thursday. It was also revealed that Greene had back issues (bulging disk) over the summer.
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