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LA Kings Defenseman Matt Greene Takes Another Step Forward In His Recovery

LA Kings defenseman Matt Greene, who is recovering from back surgery in late January to repair a herniated disc, has been skating for about two weeks
now, and is getting closer to returning to the lineup.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — After their “Debacle In Dallas” on April 9, the Los Angeles Kings held meetings and had off-ice workouts on April 10 at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

But one player was in his practice gear, skating with assistant coach John Stevens, and that was none other than defenseman Matt Greene, who is recovering from back surgery to repair a herniated disc after playing in the season opener on January 19.

“It felt good,” said Greene. “It’s good to get back out there. It’s good to get off the bike, or whatever else they’re giving you, to get your cardio in. It’s been a welcome relief skating for the last couple weeks. It’s been fun.”

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LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi Talks Regehr Trade, And, As Always, Much, Much More

LA Kings’ newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Not long after newly acquired defenseman Robyn Regehr left the ice following the Los Angeles Kings’ optional skate on April 3, President/General Manager Dean Lombardi came down from his second floor office to hold court with the local media.

As it usually does, Lombardi’s remarks about the trade ended up being a verbal treatise on building a National Hockey League team in the salary cap era.

Mind you, that is not a complaint. Far from it. In fact, Lombardi’s comments are almost always pure gold, given the information and detail he provides.

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LA Kings Move To Shore Up Blue Line With Trade For Robyn Regehr From Buffalo – Analysis

The Buffalo Sabres have sent defenseman Robyn Regehr to the Los Angeles Kings in
a trade on April 1, contingent upon Regher passing a medical examination.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — In a two-days-before-the-trade-deadline deal, the Los Angeles Kings moved to shore up their blue line corps, which has been missing stalwart, stay-at-home defensemen Willie Mitchell all season, and Matt Greene for all but one game, by acquiring veteran, stay-at-home defenseman Robyn Regehr from the Buffalo Sabres.

In exchange, the Sabres will receive two second round picks in the National Hockey League Draft, one in 2014 and another in 2015. The trade is contingent upon Regehr passing a medical examination.

The Kings also announced that left wing Dustin Penner has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to March 31, due to a lower body injury, a move that opens a roster spot for Regehr, for the time being.

Regehr, 32, has tallied two assists with 21 penalty minutes and a -4 plus/minus rating in 29 games with the Sabres this season. His best season, in terms of offensive numbers, was in 2005-06 with the Calgary Flames, when he scored six goals and added twenty assists for 26 points in 68 regular season games.

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“Move Along, Nothing To See Here” Really Means What It Says In The Case Of LA Kings’ Drew Doughty

LA Kings defenseman Drew Doughty finally scored his first goal of the 2013 season on March 19. But the majority of the attention given to his
goal scoring drought was misplaced.
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LOS ANGELES AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored his first goal of the season on March 19, in the Kings’ 29th game of this abbreviated 2013 National Hockey League season, many fans breathed a big sigh of relief, while some pundits started analyzing Doughty’s long scoring drought, trying to figure out why he was playing so poorly all season long.

This brings to mind the line from the Naked Gun movies:

“Move along, nothing to see here.”

The only difference is that unlike in those movies, this time, it’s probably sage advice. Indeed, many have apparently forgotten that Doughty is a defenseman, a player whose primary responsibility is keeping the puck out of his own net. Despite that, the focus for much of the last six weeks has been his goose egg in the goals column of the stats sheet, something he was frustrated about, despite earlier comments to the contrary.

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