LA Kings Activate Matt Greene; Jake Muzzin To Manchester, Erik Ersberg Leaves Organization
October 23, 2010 6 Comments
EL SEGUNDO, CA — On October 23, the Los Angeles Kings activated defenseman Matt Greene from the non-roster list and he is expected to return to the lineup tonight at Colorado (6:00 PM PDT).
It was also learned that goaltender Erik Ersberg cleared waivers and has left the organization.
Greene, 27, underwent shoulder surgery back in July, and missed training camp. The 6-3, 231-pound native of Grand Ledge, Michigan has scored five goals and has added 31 assists for 36 points with 399 penalty minutes in three seasons with the Kings.
Muzzin, 21, made the Kings’ lineup out of training camp and has played in six games, contributing one assist. The 6-3, 213-pound native of Woodstock, Ontario was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on January 4, 2010.
Ersberg failed to make the Kings’ roster this season, as the Kings knew they had to make room for goaltender Jonathan Bernier this season. That left Ersberg as the odd man out, a bruised hand suffered in training camp notwithstanding, and he was assigned to the Monarchs, where he played in two games.
After clearing waivers, the Kings terminated Ersberg’s contract, which will allow him to sign a contract elsewhere, and he is expected to sign with a team in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
In three seasons with the Kings, Ersberg has played in 53 games (2,827 minutes), earning a 2.55 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts.
Ersberg fell way out of favor with Kings head coach Terry Murray last season, for reasons that may never be known with any degree of certainty, and played in just eleven games.
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