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Kings activate Greene off IR for purpose of buyout

Kings activate Greene off IR for purpose of buyout
Published On: Wed, Jun 14
Feb 5, 2015; Sunrise, FL, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jamie McBain (5) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with center Anze Kopitar (11) and Angeles Kings right wing Marian Gaborik (12) in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Matt Greene from injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday. Per a team source, the transaction was made so that the Kings will buy him out of his contract when the leagues buyout period opens on Thursday.

Greene was placed on injured reserve on January 30 with back and groin injuries and underwent back surgery during the second half of the season. He progressed enough in his rehabilitation to join the club for a pair of late-season road trips and has continued his rehabilitation at Toyota Sports Center as the off-season has progressed. Im told hes recovered from his surgery and is healthy.

Greene, who appeared in all 82 games in 2014-15 but had shoulder and elbow surgeries in 2015-16 and surgery to correct a herniated disc in 2012-13, has endeared himself to Kings fans by sacrificing his body for the betterment of the team but hasnt been able to remain healthy and as highly effective as when he appeared in all 82 regular season games and 20 playoff games in 2011-12. There may not be a King from his era who was more likely to willingly absorb blunt force pain to the same degree as the now-34-year-old.

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