The LA Kings will be without defenceman Matt Greene for at least six weeks with a back injury. The six week period is a positive one given the club initially thought they had lost Greene for the rest of the season.
Greene suffered a herniated disc in the season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday and will undergo surgery this week to repair the problem.
During the regular season last year, Greene scored four goals and added eleven assists for fifteen points while playing in all 82 games for the Kings.
Greene was a crucial part of the Kings Stanley Cup run last spring averaging more than sixteen minutes a game and added two goals and four assists over the 20-game journey that ended in LA’s first hockey championship.
Originally drafted 44th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, Greene spent three seasons playing in the Alberta capital before being traded to LA along with forward Jarret Stoll for Lubomir Visnovsky on June 29, 2008.
The Michigan native has played in 462 career games while racking up 531 career penalty minutes.
The Kings have recalled defenceman, Andrew Bodnarchuk from the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL to fill the vacant roster spot.