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Greene close to re-signing with Kings on four-year deal

Jun 23, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

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It’s looking like Matt Greene will be sticking around Los Angeles for a while.

Jon Rosen at L.A. Kings Insider reports Greene and the Kings have agreed on a four-year extension to keep the 31-year-old defenseman in the fold. He’s coming off a five-year, $14.75 million deal and would’ve been an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Greene was part of the Kings’ third defensive pairing with Alec Martinez during the Stanley Cup Final this year and provided the toughness and physicality as opposed to Martinez’s more skillful game.

Greene has been with the Kings for six seasons since being acquired along with Jarrett Stoll in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers in 2008 in exchange for Lubomir Visnovsky. Safe to say the Kings won on that deal.

  1. aldog83 - Jun 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    I thought letting Scuderi go last year would hurt the Kings alot…..

    Result?

    Kings lead the NHL in Goals Against and Win Stanley Cup….

    I trust in DEAN LOMBARDI! (Pay attention Rob Blake, also congrats on HOF)

    GKG!

  2. avscup - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Was hoping maybe the Avs would sign him. He’s the type of d man the Avs need.

    • pirovash88 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:28 PM

      Do you guys want Willie Mitchell?

      Seriously though, this pretty much means Mitchell is gone, assuming that Gaborik takes the deal that Lombardi has offered him. There’s no way we can afford Greene, Gaborik, and Mitchell.

      • avscup - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        He would be better than what we have had.

      • blomfeld - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        As difficult as it is to say, perhaps it’s time to finally ‘free’ Willie and let him go ? On the other hand however, if anyone can keep Greene, Gaborik and Mitchell, then that would be none other than Dean Lombardi ! We’ll see soon enough eh ?

    • lowenni - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      I thumbed you up blomfeld just cause of the free Willie comment. Made me chuckle.

    • aldog83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      Kinda like and ADAM FOOTE type.

      (Although Foote might have been better in his prime)

      • avscup - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        Well with all due respect to Greene, he is nothing like a Footer. But he is big and tough and could bring a missing element to the Avs blue line. I don’t see Greene ever in the HOF, Footer maybe!

  3. schusters3 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Greene a leader in the room and in community. Not a better man on the team. He’ll be there to break Forbert and other young Dmen into the system. Deano shows loyalty again and makes LA that much more attractive to future UFAs. Go Kings Go!!! 30 years of frustration and now I can’t keep the smile off my face!!!

  4. aldog83 - Jun 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM

    Doughty. Muzzin

    Voynov Reghyr

    Greene Martinez

    R SHOT L SHOT

    Each pairing has a Vet with a younger guy.

    Each pairing has puck mover and stay at home.

    Forbort, McNabb, Schultz are no Willie Mitchell.

    But for the #1 Defense last year signing Gaborik more of a priority.

    Thank you “Old Man Willie” (another movie reference. .Goonies)

    Mitchell was a stud on 2 cups.

    Love to get him back. But who do you bench.

    Greene only 31 Mitch 37-38.

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