Greene will join the Los Angeles organization as a member of the scouting department -- ending his 12-year professional career, LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen reports.
After three years with Edmonton, Greene spent nine seasons with the Kings -- racking up a total of 615 NHL games in which he registered 17 goals and 63 assists. During the 2016-17 campaign, the 34-year-old saw action in just 26 outings -- in part due to injuries -- so it should come as little surprise he is ready to enter the next phase of his career in hockey.
Greene (back) was placed on waivers by the Kings in order to buy him out of the final year of his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
The decision to buy out Greene was not unexpected, as Los Angeles was looking to save some cap room. The 34-year-old has played in just 29 games over the last two seasons due to injuries, so it wouldn't come as too much of a surprise if he opted to hang up his skates. If this is it for the Michigan native, he'll end his career with 615 games played, in which he recorded 17 goals and 63 helpers. Even if the two-time Stanley Cup champion does land with another club, it's unlikely that he'll offer much in terms of fantasy value. In order to be placed on waivers, Greene by rule must have been cleared from his back injury.
Greene is expected to be bought out of the last year of his contract, worth $2.5 million, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
This buyout would reduce the cap hit of Greene's contract from $2.5 million to $833,000 next season. The 34-year-old, who has been rehabbing from back surgery, was activated Tuesday for the specific purpose of this buyout. Greene hasn't collected more than 10 points in a season since 2011, so freeing up that cap space was an easy decision for the Kings.
Greene underwent back surgery at some point during the second half of the season, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Greene has dealt with an amalgam of injuries over the years and has been limited 29 regular-season games over the past two campaigns as a result. The 33-year-old has never been much of an offensive threat, as his career-high 15 points in 2011-12 will attest, and his inability to stay healthy may doom him to an early retirement, especially considering that he has just one year remaining on his contract with the Kings.
Greene (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve (retroactive to Jan. 20) by the Kings on Monday, Elliott Teaford of the Southern California News Group reports.
Greene has been dealing with some old injuries of late, and the issues will hold him out for a little while. It's unclear how long he will be shut down for, but the veteran blueliner's placement on injured reserve shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Expect further news to surface as he draws closer to rejoining the lineup, but his status shouldn't be of much concern in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Greene, who was unable to skate at Sunday's practice, may be shut down due to a variety of ailments, LA Kings Insider reports. "He's been struggling with a back, groin, all that stuff - issues that he's had off and on for the last number of years - and it acted up on him, and we shut him down again," head coach Darryl Sutter said.
It doesn't sound good for Greene, who had appeared in just four of LA's last 14 games. There's little reason to expect much from Greene at this point given his dwindling role and uncertain health status.
Greene, who has just two points in 26 games this season, has been a scratch in six of LA's last nine games.
Greene's never been much of a fantasy factor and has seen his ice time drop lately even when he does find himself in the lineup so there's little reason to expect an uptick in production given his current depth role.
Greene skated only 9:42 in Thursday's overtime win against Pittsburgh, but he scored his first goal of the season. He added seven hits and blocked a shot.
In fact, the goal was the blueliner's first since the 2014-15 campaign, as he missed almost all of last season to injury. He's been in the lineup for less than half the Kings' games this year, playing low minutes and offering predictably little production, so there's not much to see here from a fantasy perspective.
Greene is set to open the season as one of the Kings' depth defensemen, LA Kings Insider reports.
Greene had a rather tumultuous offseason after having been placed on unconditional waivers by the Kings in June but managed to secure a spot in the Kings' bottom pair rotation after missing all but three games last year due to a shoulder injury. Greene won't add much fantasy value but could be a steadying force for the Kings in their bottom pair of blueliners.
Greene (shoulder) was placed on unconditional waivers by the Kings on Thursday for the purpose of buying out the final two years of his contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Greene missed all but three games recovering from shoulder surgery with no clear sign of whether he will be back to full health for 2016-17. Consequently, it comes as little surprise that Los Angeles wanted to get rid of his $2.5 million cap hit for the next two years. The 33-year-old has been hampered by injuries in the last few seasons, which could limit his ability to find a team willing to give him a shot.
Greene (shoulder) will not play Thursday in Game 1 against the Sharks, CSN Bay Area reports.
No surprise here, as Greene has been out since Oct. 16. He underwent shoulder surgery on Dec. 3 and apparently remains in recovery mode. The veteran shutdown defenseman will cost the Kings $5 million over the next two seasons, so the team has to hope he can make a full recovery sooner rather than later.
Greene (shoulder) has resumed skating recently but isn't close to returning to game action, LA Kings Insider reports. "They're doing me a favor right now of being out there. I think that's basically the equivalent of riding the stationary bike," Greene said. "I'm just trying to get into shape, and I'm a long ways off of playing."
The initial prognosis following Greene's injury had him sidelined for the rest of the season and that doesn't appear to have changed one bit unless he's able to make an unexpectedly speedy recovery and the Kings make a deep run in the playoffs.
Greene (shoulder) has been ruled out of the remainder of the season, Helene Elliott of the LA Times reports.
Greene underwent shoulder surgery on Dec. 3, and apparently will require the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign to fully recover from the procedure. Perhaps in a corresponding move, the Kings added defender Luke Schenn to their roster via trade on Thursday, bolstering the team's depth at defense. Greene will likely be ready for the start of next season's training camp.
Greene (upper body) has been placed on long-term injured reserve, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Greene underwent shoulder surgery Dec. 3, and it's been reported that he will be out indefinitely. The LTIR tag makes Greene ineligible to play for at least 24 calendar days and 10 regular-season games. As a corresponding move and cap-saving measure, the Kings have reassigned Justin Schultz and Nick Ebert to AHL Ontario.
Greene (upper body) will undergo shoulder surgery Thursday and is out indefinitely, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Greene reportedly had an MRI on Monday to determine whether surgery would be required, and unfortunately that will be the case for the defenseman in his 10th year. As of Tuesday afternoon, he has not been placed on long-term injured reserve.
Greene (upper body) saw a doctor Monday, LA Kings Insider reports.
It's hard to say whether Greene has suffered some sort of setback or simply stalled in his rehab, as he didn't travel with the Kings on their recently concluded road trip and didn't skate with the team Monday.
Greene (upper body) remains without a definite timetable for return, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
While Greene doesn't have an official timetable, the fact that he hasn't been placed on long-term injured reserve bodes well. However, it doesn't sound as though he will be joining the lineup in thnear future, so it wouldn't be surprising if he misses the entirety of this week at a minimum, but his status remains pretty cloudy at this point.
Greene (upper body) won't travel on the Kings upcoming five-game road trip, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.
Greene played in the first three games of the season, but has been out since October 16. Greene has been skating since the beginning of November, but unless he joins the Kings during their road trip, he wouldn't play until November 28, at the earliest.
Greene (upper body) is "getting better every day" but still has been unable to return to practice, LA Kings Insider reports.
Greene is back to skating but hasn't been a participant in the contact portion of the team's practice as he works his way back from an upper body injury.
Greene (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
The move doesn't come as a huge surprise, as Greene has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since the preseason. Since he hasn't been able to suit up for a single tilt this season, Greene will likely be eligible to return to action as soon as he is healthy, whenever that may be.