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Back injury likely ends season for Kings’ Greene

Jan 21, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

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Free agency didn’t put a big dent in the Los Angeles Kings’ roster, but injuries on defense could make their repeat bid that much tougher.

The team’s already dealing with Willie Mitchell‘s indefinite absence, but word surfaced from TSN on Monday that Matt Greene will miss the rest of the season with a back ailment suffered during the team’s season-opener on Saturday.

Greene isn’t a top guy like Mitchell is, yet the 29-year-old blueliner has been a useful veteran depth guy in a system that’s heavy on younger defensemen. He played in all of the Kings regular season and playoff games last season.

Los Angeles is well-stocked with prospects, yet GM Dean Lombardi may very well opt to trade for a more experienced presence. Many believe that hyped backup goalie Jonathan Bernier has some serious value on the market, so perhaps he’ll feel compelled to pull the trigger considering the banged-up blueline corps.

How would you handle this dilemma?

  1. LoyalFan34yrsGoKings - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM


    • kitshky - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Hmm, that name looks a little familiar.

      Seems very …South Granville-ish if ya ask me ha ha.

  2. killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I wouldn’t trade Bernier yet. Quick had back surgury and was supposed to be ready by the start of training. Then the lockout came and he got cleared just before the start of the late training camp. I would hang on to him for a while and think about moving him later in the year. And if you don’t get the right deal Bernier is a RFA next year so he can’t leave for nothing if you keep him for Quick’s insurance policy.

    • soj83 - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      I completely agree. Having 2 goalies like Quick and Bernier is not a bad problem to have. Hold out until you get a great deal.

  3. qauzaq - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Oh great! Jeez this isn’t good…

  4. thesneakysalamander - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Trading Bernier for depth d-men doesnt make sense this early in the season. I would wait to pull the trigger on a trade and see if anyone interesting pops up on the waiver wire.

  5. cuzenz - Jan 21, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Trading Bernier is a mistake at this point. Why wouldn’t Lombardi want to see what he has in Muzzin first? By all accounts he’s “ready” for the next step anyways. Berniers’ value is only going to go up as the season goes on.

  6. buford2000 - Jan 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Sabres are overloaded on D. Guys waiting to come up to the big club from Rochester. They may be looking to only get a draft pick.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Should have signed Redden….first time anyone has said that in awhile

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