|Assets:||Owns impressive size and strength, and loves to initiate contact in the defensive zone. Is usually a stabilizing force as a stay-at-home defender. Works hard and leads by example.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have a lot of offensive ability, and can struggle a little when up against quick forwards. Also doesn't own great footwork or coordination.|
|Career Potential:||Physical stay-at-home defenseman and leader.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2013-14 (Los Angeles), 2011-12 (Los Angeles)|
|USHL||Second All-Star Team||2001-02|
|6/24/2014||Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a four-year contract extension.|
|1/27/2014||Missed 6 games (concussion).|
|1/15/2014||Concussion, sidelined indefinitely.|
|12/15/2013||Missed 18 games (upper body injury).|
|12/10/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|11/13/2013||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|11/07/2013||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|5/21/2013||Missed the last regular season and first 9 playoff games (undisclosed).|
|4/18/2013||Missed 42 games (back injury).|
|1/21/2013||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|12/26/2010||Missed 5 games (upper body injury).|
|12/16/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|10/23/2010||Missed 6 games (shoulder surgery).|
|10/06/2010||Placed on the injured/non-roster list (shoulder surgery).|
|9/17/2010||Shoulder surgery, early November.|
|3/29/2010||Missed 2 games (upper body injury).|
|3/24/2010||Upper body injury, day-to-day.|
|1/21/2010||Missed 4 games (lower body injury).|
|1/10/2010||Undisclosed, sidelined indefinitely.|
|10/17/2008||Signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a five-year contract extension.|
|6/29/2008||Acquired from the Edmonton Oilers.|
|1/19/2008||Recalled from Springfield (AHL).|
|1/17/2008||Missed 34 games (ankle injury) and assigned to Springfield (AHL).|
|10/31/2007||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|7/04/2007||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Edmonton Oilers to a two-year contract.|
|6/26/2007||Edmonton Oilers extended qualifying offer.|
|3/12/2006||Missed 6 games (left leg injury).|
|3/01/2006||Left leg injury, mid-March.|
|12/19/2005||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|12/13/2005||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|12/07/2005||Recalled from Iowa (AHL).|
|9/29/2005||Assigned to Iowa (AHL).|
|8/15/2005||Signed by the Edmonton Oilers to a two-year contract.|
|6/29/2008||Los Angeles Kings traded Lubomir Visnovsky to the Edmonton Oilers for Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene.|
|6/22/2002||Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round (44th overall) in 2002.|
Matt Greene officially signs a four-year deal | 06/25/2014 10:01 AM
NewsMatt Greene's four-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings is official.
ImpactThe Kings are hoping that Greene's injury woes are behind him after he was limited to just 43 regular season games over the past two seasons. From a fantasy perspective, the 31-year-old defenseman's value is limited even when he is healthy. He will average about a penalty minute per game, but he's never recorded more than 15 points in a single season.
Matt Greene, Kings close to a four-year deal | 06/23/2014 2:43 PM
NewsMatt Greene has tentatively agreed to a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
ImpactThe contract isn't finalized yet, but it sounds like Greene won't end up testing the free agent market. The fact that it's a four-year extension is surprising given that a variety of injuries have limited him to 43 regular season games over the last two years. He was healthy for the Kings' Stanley Cup run, but his role in that was limited, as evidenced by the fact that he averaged just 15:53 minutes per game.
Greene might be a healthy scratch Saturday | 06/06/2014 2:55 PM
NewsWith Robyn Regehr likely to return on Saturday, Matt Greene could be a healthy scratch.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactGreene has been averaging just 13:51 minutes per contest in the playoffs, which puts him in dead last among Kings defensemen. He has three assists in 16 games.
Kings don't see themselves as favorites | 06/04/2014 9:29 AM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings sidestepped the assertion that they're the favorites going into the Stanley Cup Final.
Impact"It's the Stanley Cup Finals. I don't think any team is going to look at themselves as the underdogs," Greene said. "You're down to two teams, and you want to win, and that's all it really comes down to. It's an exciting time of the year to be a part of it. I really don't care about what the odds say or what you guys are saying about who's favored and who's not." Greene's comments were largely echoed by his teammates. The Kings are typically regarded as the favorites to defeat the New York Rangers, but there's not big gap there.
Matt Greene has two assists in Game 7 | 06/02/2014 7:27 AM
NewsMatt Greene had a big game Sunday with two assists and a game-high six hits.
ImpactThe defenseman was also a plus-three in Game 7 but his status for the Stanley Cup Final may be up in the air as Robyn Regehr, who has been out of action since Game 1 of the Conference semi-final on May 3. Greene now has three assists in 15 games and is 17th in the NHL in hits with 46.
Kings current run more grounded in reality | 05/23/2014 9:30 AM
NewsIt's hard for the Los Angeles Kings to find parallels between their current playoff run and their 2012 Stanley Cup championship run.
ImpactTheir 2012 postseason bordered on the surreal. They were an eighth seed team that got off to 3-0 leads in each of their series and kept their defensive pairings and lines largely intact throughout that postseason. By comparison, the Kings needed seven games to eliminated the Sharks and Ducks this time around. They are tied 1-1 in the Western Conference Final with Chicago. "It's completely different," Matt Greene said of the two campaigns. "I don't think anybody would have thought that was going to happen in 2012. I think this is way more realistic of how teams get to this point in the series. It's hard fought series. You have to put that away."
Matt Greene a healthy scratch on Sunday | 05/19/2014 8:03 AM
NewsMatt Greene was a healthy scratch for Game 1 Sunday.
ImpactHe was replaced on the blueline by Willie Mitchell who returned from an undisclosed injury after missing Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks in the first round and all seven games in Round 2 versus Anaheim. Jeff Schultz seemed to have struggled on Sunday so do not be surprised if Greene is back in the lineup for Game 2 Wednesday against Chicago.
Matt Greene will be in the lineup Wednesday | 04/30/2014 3:14 PM
NewsMatt Greene will play in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks.
Pierre LeBrun on Twitter
ImpactWe previously reported that Greene was projected to play on Wednesday, but now it's official. Willie Mitchell is unavailable due to an injury, so the Kings are turning to Greene to help fill the void.
Matt Greene is likely to play Wednesday | 04/29/2014 4:21 PM
NewsMatt Greene is projected to play in Game 7 on Wednesday.
ImpactGreene hasn't played since April 20. He will dress because Willie Mitchell is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
Matt Greene a minus-four on Sunday | 04/21/2014 7:25 AM
NewsMatt Greene was a minus-four on Sunday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactThe Kings decided to put Greene in the lineup on Sunday as they went with seven defensemen and only 11 forwards but the move may have backfired as Greene did not have a good game. Stay tuned as it is likely he will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday as the Kings should go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen.
Matt Greene may draw back in Monday | 03/17/2014 6:05 PM
NewsMatt Greene might be back in the lineup on Monday.
ImpactHe exited the ice with the rest of the Kings' regulars at the morning skate, which suggests that he could draw back into the fold after being a healthy scratch in the Kings' last eight games. Jake Muzzen may sit to make room for him.
| 01/28/2014 1:59 AM
NewsMatt Greene returned to action on Monday January 27.
Matt Greene takes part in Thursday's practice | 01/23/2014 4:58 PM
NewsMatt Greene (concussion) took part in drills during Thursday's skate.
ImpactHe stayed out for extra work though, so he probably won't return against Anaheim. Greene hasn't played since Jan. 13 with what is suspected to be a concussion.
Matt Greene might have a concussion | 01/15/2014 9:33 AM
NewsMatt Greene might have sustained a concussion during Monday's game.
ImpactGreene was being evaluated on Tuesday by the Kings. He left Monday's contest against Vancouver after sparring with Kevin Bieksa midway through the second period.
Matt Greene a healthy scratch on Saturday | 01/05/2014 8:23 AM
NewsMatt Greene was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactJust an FYI. Greene has two goals, five points and a plus-seven rating with 18 penalty minutes in 24 games. He missed plenty of action earlier in the season with an upper body injury and was a healthy scratch subsequent to that as coach Darryl Sutter did not want to change a winning lineup.
Greene might sit out of Saturday's game | 12/13/2013 12:33 PM
NewsKings coach Darryl Sutter was noncommittal when it came to the possibility of using Matt Greene on Saturday.
ImpactGreene was activated off of the injured reserve list on Tuesday, but he still hasn't played in a game. "I'm not going to put him in just to put him in," Sutter said. Greene has three points in 15 contests this season.
Kings activate Matt Greene | 12/10/2013 5:22 PM
NewsMatt Greene (upper body) has been activated off of the injured reserve list.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactKings coach Darryl Sutter already said that Greene is healthy enough to play, but he isn't expected to be used Tuesday. Los Angeles is on a three-game winning streak and Sutter probably doesn't want to disrupt that.
Matt Greene ready to return, won't Tuesday | 12/10/2013 2:00 PM
NewsMatt Greene (upper body) is healthy enough to return, but won't Tuesday.
ImpactKings coach Darryl Sutter didn't go into detail as to his reasoning, but it's probably because the Kings are riding a three-game winning streak. Greene has two goals and three points in 15 games this season.
Matt Greene (upper body) skates Thursday | 12/05/2013 5:28 PM
NewsMatt Greene (upper body) participated in a no-contact practice Thursday.
ImpactThere's no timetable for his return to the lineup, but he appears to be getting closer to returning. Greene has sat out 14 games with an upper-body injury and he's currently on long-term injured reserve.
Kings put Matt Greene on IR list | 11/13/2013 5:55 PM
NewsMatt Greene (upper body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
ImpactGreene has two goals and three points in 15 games this season. The move is retroactive Nov. 2.
Matt Greene still unavailable for practice | 11/11/2013 7:26 AM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) is still unable to practice.
ImpactThe Kings have only six healthy defensemen so expect a call up from Manchester of the AHL soon if Greene is unable to go. Greene has two goals and three points in 15 games. He missed all but five games last season with back problems.
Matt Greene is too 'banged up' to practice | 11/06/2013 4:10 PM
NewsMatt Greene missed Wednesday's practice due to an undisclosed injury.
Impact"Matt Greene's banged up," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "It's like Mystery Valley for me. It goes from legs to limbs to head. I don't know what you'd call it, if it's maintenance." It sounds like Greene's injury isn't significant based on Sutter's comments.
Matt Greene scores Saturday | 10/20/2013 8:04 AM
NewsMatt Greene scored his second goal of the season Saturday.
ImpactIt was a big fantasy night for Greene, especially if you play the hits category as he had eight hits to tie Dustin Brown on the night and well as an assist. His big night continued with four blocked shots. Greene now has two goals and three points in nine games and has 31 hits in nine games.
Matt Greene had off season surgery | 09/09/2013 7:26 AM
NewsMatt Greene had off-season surgery to remove a staph infection from his elbow.
ImpactIt was a tough year for the defenseman who had back surgery in January after suffering a herniated disc in the Kings first game of the season. He returned in April and managed to play five regular season games and nine in playoffs where he had two assists. Greene is a solid blueliner but he does not score enough to take him in fantasy pools. He is good to go in training camp that begins this week.
Kings lean on playoff experience | 06/06/2013 11:10 AM
NewsMatt Greene talked about how the team's playoff experience benefits them.
Impact"Experience helps, you know," Greene said. "A lot of guys, been in Western Conference Finals before. Pretty much our whole team has. Now it's just time to deliver on that, use that experience to help us out." The Kings obviously won the Stanley Cup last year and the vast majority of their players returned for the 2013 campaign. That's probably helped them endure with nothing coming easy for Los Angeles in their current playoff run.
Matt Greene gives Kings' D a shot in the arm | 05/24/2013 7:13 PM
NewsMatt Greene reminded his teammates of his importance in Game 5 of the Kings' second-round series with the Sharks.
ImpactThe reargard played in Game 4, his first action in 26 days after dealing with an undisclosed injury, but it was more of a feeling-out process. Game 5 was a different story as he was physical -- he had four hits and continuously cleared traffic from the crease -- and received important penalty-kill ice time. "When he comes back, I think the things that you don't see - the leadership in the dressing room, that powerful voice, I think - all year we missed him," Mike Richards said. "On the ice, too, just how physical he plays and how hard he is to play against."
Matt Greene makes postseason debut | 05/22/2013 10:36 AM
NewsMatt Greene made his 2013 postseason debut on Tuesday.
ImpactGreene had been dealing with an undisclosed injury. He had two blocked shots and four hits in 14:08 minutes of ice time.
Matt Greene probably in for Game 4 | 05/21/2013 9:54 PM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) is participating in the pregame warmup and it looks like he will suit up in Game 4 Tuesday night.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactHe is wearing an "A" on his jersey, which indicates that he'll play for the first time since April 24.
Matt Greene unlikely to play Tuesday night | 05/14/2013 7:49 PM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) isn't expected to play Tuesday against San Jose when the second round of the playoffs begins.
ImpactHe participated in the team's morning on the fourth pair alongside Keaton Ellerby. Greene is listed as day-to-day.
Matt Greene uncertain for Game 1 Tuesday | 05/13/2013 5:26 PM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) was back at practice Monday.
ImpactHe is listed as "day-to-day" with an injury unrelated to his back. The veteran blueliner's status for Game 1 against San Jose on Tuesday night is uncertain.
D Matt Greene could return to Kings tonight | 05/04/2013 11:53 AM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed injury) could return to the Los Angeles Kings for their playoff game against the St. Louis Blues tonight.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactThe Kings lost the first two games of this series in St. Louis. But when the series moves to LA tonight, Greene could make a difference if he`s in the lineup. Greene was among the dozen Kings who skated at a practice Friday. "Everybody that was out skating (Friday) is possible playing (tonight),`Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. We'll see how it is in the morning and go from there."
Matt Greene looks like scratch Tuesday night | 04/30/2013 1:42 PM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) looks like he won't play in Game 1 on Tuesday night.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactBeat writers from both the Kings and Blues think Greene will sit and Keaton Ellerby will take his place, although Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't confirm anything. Don't expect a final decision until sometime around pregame warmups.
Matt Greene practices with Kings on Monday | 04/29/2013 10:23 PM
NewsMatt Greene (undisclosed) practiced with the Kings on Monday.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactGreene missed the Kings' season finale due to the ailment, but no one believes the injury is serious. Greene missed all but five games this season after undergoing back surgery and is a huge part of the Kings' playoff plans. We should get a better idea on his handle during tomorrow's morning skate.
Matt Greene back on the sidelines | 04/27/2013 2:45 PM
NewsMatt Greene will miss Saturday's game due to an undisclosed injury.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
ImpactKings coach Darryl Sutter doesn't think Greene's problem is long-term. He has played in just five games this season.
Matt Greene not happy with opening game | 04/22/2013 9:22 AM
NewsMatt Greene was not pleased with his effort in his first game back after back surgery.
Los Angeles Daily News
ImpactThat he was not happy impressed coach Darryl Sutter. "It's good that he challenges himself," Sutter said. "That's the best way. That's how he plays, right? He wants to get better. He played one game, quite honest. He's played one game since (the Kings won the Stanley Cup last June). The game he played he was probably hurt five shifts in(to it). So, he's really played one game this season. In a year." Greene is a solid blueliner who will not help you in traditional fantasy pools.
Kings remove blueliner Matt Greene from IR | 04/18/2013 5:45 PM
NewsMatt Greene (back) has been activated off injured reserve by Los Angeles.
ImpactHe was not among the team's skaters who stayed out on the ice for extra work following the morning skate, so it's expected that he'll make his long-awaited return to the lineup on Thursday night. Greene hasn't played since the Kings' regular-season opener because of a back injury, but he'll be available to play against Columbus.
Matt Greene hopes to play before season ends | 04/16/2013 7:21 PM
NewsMatt Greene (back) is hopeful that he'll play before the end of the regular season, but he isn't sure when it will happen.
ImpactHe took part in Tuesday's optional skate and stayed on the ice after his teammates left. Greene was cleared to resume contact drills Monday. He hasn't played since the Kings' regular-season opener.
Matt Greene is ready for contact drills | 04/15/2013 2:47 PM
NewsMatt Greene (back) has been given the green light to participate in contact drills.
Jon Rosen on Twitter
ImpactGreene had hoped he'd reach this stage sooner. Kings coach Darryl Sutter cautioned that he'd be hesitant to use Greene in the playoffs unless he participates in a few regular season contests.
Kings' Matt Greene still not ready to play | 04/13/2013 11:22 AM
NewsLos Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene has not yet been cleared for contact.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactGreene had hoped to resume limited contact earlier this week. "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," Sutter said.
Matt Greene will likely miss another month | 03/29/2013 4:54 PM
NewsMatt Greene (back) is still about a month away from returning.
ImpactGreene was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Thursday. If that timetable holds true, then the Kings will get Greene back for the first round.
Matt Greene might be out for three months | 01/23/2013 11:32 AM
NewsMatt Greene might miss three months as a result of his back injury.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactGreene's back issues apparently date back to the off-season. "He had trouble this summer," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. "And that's part of playing a long time, right? He had trouble with it and it acted up again. We've seen that with a handful of our players so far. It was diagnosed as a bulging disk this summer and he trained through it. It got better and it obviously got worse."
Kings announce Matt Greene has herniated disc | 01/22/2013 4:10 PM
NewsLos Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter announced Tuesday that Matt Greene has a herniated in his back and will require surgery.
Lisa Dillman on Twitter
ImpactThe Kings placed Greene on injured reserve Monday. He's out for the season and will have a long recovery process ahead of him.
Kings place Matt Greene on injured reserve | 01/22/2013 8:46 AM
NewsThe Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Matt Greene on the injured reserve list with a back injury.
ImpactThe Kings needed to make the move as Greene is likely gone for the remainder of the season and they need to bring up another defenseman, which they did when they recalled Andrew Bodnarchuk. If you have Greene on your fantasy team, drop him now.
Matt Greene (back) gone for the season | 01/21/2013 7:47 PM
NewsGM Dean Lombardi has confirmed that defenseman Matt Greene is likely out for the rest of the season with a back injury.
ImpactGreene suffered the injury on Saturday and it does not look promising for the 29-year-old. If you had him in any pools, drop him immediately.
|Goals||1||2 times-last:at Ott||last:Dec 11||1|
|Assists||1||5 times-last:vs. Cgy||last:Jan 19||1|
|Points||1||7 times-last:vs. Cgy||last:Jan 19||2|
|Penalty Minutes||17||vs. CBJ||Oct 26||17|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. Bos||last:Dec 2||2|
|Power Play Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Jan 28||0|
|Power Play Points||0||48 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Jan 28||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||48 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Jan 28||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||48 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Jan 28||0|
|Shots||4||vs. Wpg||Jan 10||5|
|Games||82||2 times-last: 2011-12 (LA)|
|Penalty Minutes||111||2008-09 (LA)|
|Shots||76||2 times-last: 2011-12 (LA)|
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