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Sutter on Greene: ‘I’m not going to put him in just to put him in’

Dec 13, 2013, 1:49 PM EDT

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Matt Greene is healthy, activated from injured reserve and apparently ready to play.

But that won’t get him back in the lineup.

On Friday, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was decidedly non-committal about getting Greene back in the mix, meaning the veteran defenseman could miss a third game since coming off IR on Saturday when the Kings take on the Sens in Ottawa.

“I’m not going to put [Greene] in just to put him in,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider.

Greene, 30, hasn’t played since a 4-3 loss to Nashville on Nov. 2.

It’s very possible that Sutter isn’t comfortable in throwing Greene back into the lineup, given how much time the physical rearguard has missed in the last calendar year.

Greene missed 43 of 48 games last year with a back injury not believed to be related to his upper-body issue. The sturdy, stay-at-home blueliner rebounded to appear in 15 games to start this season — averaging nearly 17 minutes while notching three points — overcoming offseason elbow surgery in the process.

But all told, he’s only appeared in 20 regular season games since the lockout ended.

In other Kings lineup news, Colin Fraser will sit on Saturday after taking a hard hit from Toronto’s Frazer McLaren on Wednesday.

  1. neeza06 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    time to make a phone call garth

  2. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    The Sharks will take him if LA doesn’t want him anymore.

    • cybernetikghost - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Who are you willing to trade? Best guy on the sharks is Drew Remenda haha

      • sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:48 PM

        I do enjoy listening to Drew. Trade Havlat for Greene. You know the Kings want him! 😛

  3. cybernetikghost - Dec 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    So Sutter can’t find a reason to put in a good, gritty defenseman and alternate captain like Greene other than “just for the sake of putting him in?” The only thing that sounded good in this article is that Fraser isn’t going to be in the lineup either.

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    what i want to know from the enclosed image is…

    just who was strutting their stuff on the catwalk, and what was it she forgot to wear…

    • blomfeld - Dec 13, 2013 at 11:19 PM

      GOD ?

      or perhaps Allah, the Great Spirit, whatever you want to call it ? … because in the end friend, it doesn’t really matter … we Kings are team of ‘destiny’ driven by supreme and ‘divine’ providence and God is on our side ! … yes sir ! … in fact I’m now ‘completely’ convinced that there’s absolutely ‘nothing’ that we Kings can’t do ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • slysipops - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM


      • slysipops - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        SORRY BLOMS, but GOD would only say this to one team……THE BLACKHAWKS !!!!!

  5. slysipops - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    GREENE TO SUTTER : ……………

    • blomfeld - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      Breaking News … Toews tells teammates ‘it’s over’ with live musical performance !

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