The Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings have wasted no time and have started making preparations for next season. The organisation has come to an agreement with defencemen Matt Greene on a new four-year deal.
The amount of the contract is still unknown at this point. However, Greene has just completed a five year deal worth $2.95m. He accumulated a total of six points. The two time Stanley Cup Champion was on the verge of entering free agency. But the Kings were able to quickly persuade him to stay with this new long term deal.
This is a very smart move by the Kings. Matt Greene struggled with injuries during the season, but was instrumental to the Kings success in the playoffs.
When discussing the Kings defense with analysts and fans, the name that always comes up first is Drew Doughty. It’s been that way for many years now. Last season was no different. But I believe Matt Greene didn’t get near enough credit for how well he played in the playoffs.
This guy was a rock for the team, and yet he always ended up in Doughty’s shadow. Now I know he only had four points in the playoffs, but I believe Greene was one of the main reasons the Kings now have two Stanley Cups.
He blocked shots, was always in the right position, killed pretty much all the Kings penalties and didn’t fold under pressure. The 31-year-old has plenty of experience and will certainly continue to be a leader for the younger defensemen like Alec Martinez, Slava Voynov and Jake Muzzin. Greene has accumulated a total of 69 points throughout his career so far.
Marian Gaborik Situation
This signing comes right as the organisation is working out a deal with forward Marian Gaborik. Gaborik was acquired by the Kings on trade deadline day and had a fantastic playoff campaign with the team. Gaborik ended the playoffs with 22 points. The 32-year-old is just coming out of his previous contract of $7.5m. I believe Gaborik will have to settle for much less if he hopes to stay.
However, I believe he will end up staying in Los Angeles. He has moved around a lot throughout his career. He began in Minnesota, and has been back and forth between the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers as well.
I’m sure he’ll be happy to stay put with the Los Angeles Kings long term. He fits the Sutter style of hockey quite nicely in my opinion. He certainly proved that in the playoffs. I can’t wait to see how well the Kings will do in the upcoming season.