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Kings’ Greene cleared for contact, traveling with team

Apr 15, 2013, 4:19 PM EDT

Matt Greene #2 of the Los Angeles Kings in action against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The Los Angeles Kings had a welcome participant at practice on Monday in the form of Matt Greene.

The defenseman, who has missed 41 of LA’s 42 games this year due to a back injury, was cleared for contact and participated in his first full practice today.

Greene also traveled with the Kings to San Jose for tomorrow’s game against the Sharks.

As for when the 29-year-old will get back in the lineup? Here’s what Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said on Friday, prior to Greene getting medical clearance for contact:

“Quite honest, if he’s not ready to play three or four games, and if we made the playoffs, I’d have trouble putting him in for sure.

“He played, what, a few minutes of the year. So it’s not about ‘what you did’. It’s ‘what you’re doing’.

“It’s very simple. I mean, he’s going to have to play three or four games, very simple, otherwise I could not be comfortable with it.”

  1. kingsforever - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    I don’t really see who will come out of the lineup to put Greene in. It could be Muzzin. despite being great as a rookie and providing some offense, he makes mistakes in his own zone (which is fine for a rookie but not for defending a Cup)

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