‘OUT FOR THE YEAR’

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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.

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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).

UPDATE: 

    • 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.

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  • 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.

 

  • KingsFanFTW

    this is not good….now we are missing two top line PK killers shutdown Defense men…

    Hope Mitchell comes back soon.

    • Paul Armbruster

      Me too, although that does not appear likely.

  • Mars

    I am hoping he is not going to require surgery and heals quickly, (not for return but for his comfort; assuming its a back injury they are the worst)

    I am hoping that Bodnarchuk has his resolve set and is ready to impress. I am hoping for a Nolan and King type of entrance. DL has a good line up, lets see how it goes!

    GKG!

    • Paul Armbruster

      I am not impressed with Bodnarchuk. I can’t say I watched him in depth, but he strikes me as very similar to Hickey. I hope I am very wrong.

  • Tornado12

    Kings chances of repeating just took a HUGE hit

    • Paul Armbruster

      If Willie gets (and stays) healthy then I’m not worried, but yeah, Greene is a leader on the team and this does not help. On the other hand, it allows for someone else to step up in his absence, both on and off the ice.

      • Tornado12

        unfortunatel;y, there currently is no replacement in the system for what Greene brings in experience, on the PK, in fornt of the net and in the corners physically, and shot blocking . Muzzin has the size to help, but lacks the experience. DD2 has the most experience though not extremely physical. Bodnarchuk is too raw. IMO, the job is Muzzins to lose at this point! I hope he is up to the task.

    • KC23

      I’m not sure there is that big a drop off from Greene to either Muzzin or DD2. Greene has been the weakest link in our defense for some time now. I love Greene, don’t get me wrong, but imho replacing him isn’t a deal breaker for the season.

      You don’t just replace Mitchell though. Mitchell’s health does effect us in a huge way.

  • Mik3ysfv

    It sucks Greene got hurt, but I really feel Muzzin can do the job well. He was in the same year OHL offensive dman of the year and. the #2 defensive dman of the year. The kid can play. I love the quote from Bill Walsh “people forget that when you start a rookie, at the end of the year, he’s no longer a rookie.” Bill Walsh won a Super Bowl with 3/4 of his secondary being rookies. The other being 2nd year.

    • Paul Armbruster

      Great point. Lest we forget what King and Nolan did too!

    • KC23

      I agree. I think Muzzin can pull it off. Muzzin is pretty tough himself and has better speed and offensive skill than Greene.

      The bigger challenge is DD2 filling in for Mitchell with Voynov because the Martinez and Voynov experiment was a complete and utter failure.

      I like DD2 and would love for him to get a chance with Voynov.