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Matt Greene's four-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings is official.

The Kings are hoping that Greene's injury woes are behind him after he was limited to just 43 regular season games over the past two seasons. From a fantasy perspective, the 31-year-old defenseman's value is limited even when he is healthy. He will average about a penalty minute per game, but he's never recorded more than 15 points in a single season.

Matt Greene D LA 2 Months

Matt Greene has tentatively agreed to a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings.

The contract isn't finalized yet, but it sounds like Greene won't end up testing the free agent market. The fact that it's a four-year extension is surprising given that a variety of injuries have limited him to 43 regular season games over the last two years. He was healthy for the Kings' Stanley Cup run, but his role in that was limited, as evidenced by the fact that he averaged just 15:53 minutes per game.

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With Robyn Regehr likely to return on Saturday, Matt Greene could be a healthy scratch.

Greene has been averaging just 13:51 minutes per contest in the playoffs, which puts him in dead last among Kings defensemen. He has three assists in 16 games.

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The Los Angeles Kings sidestepped the assertion that they're the favorites going into the Stanley Cup Final.

"It's the Stanley Cup Finals. I don't think any team is going to look at themselves as the underdogs," Greene said. "You're down to two teams, and you want to win, and that's all it really comes down to. It's an exciting time of the year to be a part of it. I really don't care about what the odds say or what you guys are saying about who's favored and who's not." Greene's comments were largely echoed by his teammates. The Kings are typically regarded as the favorites to defeat the New York Rangers, but there's not big gap there.

Matt Greene D LA 3 Months

Matt Greene had a big game Sunday with two assists and a game-high six hits.

The defenseman was also a plus-three in Game 7 but his status for the Stanley Cup Final may be up in the air as Robyn Regehr, who has been out of action since Game 1 of the Conference semi-final on May 3. Greene now has three assists in 15 games and is 17th in the NHL in hits with 46.

Matt Greene D LA 3 Months

It's hard for the Los Angeles Kings to find parallels between their current playoff run and their 2012 Stanley Cup championship run.

Their 2012 postseason bordered on the surreal. They were an eighth seed team that got off to 3-0 leads in each of their series and kept their defensive pairings and lines largely intact throughout that postseason. By comparison, the Kings needed seven games to eliminated the Sharks and Ducks this time around. They are tied 1-1 in the Western Conference Final with Chicago. "It's completely different," Matt Greene said of the two campaigns. "I don't think anybody would have thought that was going to happen in 2012. I think this is way more realistic of how teams get to this point in the series. It's hard fought series. You have to put that away."

Matt Greene D LA 3 Months

Matt Greene was a healthy scratch for Game 1 Sunday.

He was replaced on the blueline by Willie Mitchell who returned from an undisclosed injury after missing Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks in the first round and all seven games in Round 2 versus Anaheim. Jeff Schultz seemed to have struggled on Sunday so do not be surprised if Greene is back in the lineup for Game 2 Wednesday against Chicago.

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Matt Greene will play in Game 7 against the San Jose Sharks.

We previously reported that Greene was projected to play on Wednesday, but now it's official. Willie Mitchell is unavailable due to an injury, so the Kings are turning to Greene to help fill the void.

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Matt Greene is projected to play in Game 7 on Wednesday.

Greene hasn't played since April 20. He will dress because Willie Mitchell is dealing with an undisclosed injury.

Matt Greene D LA 4 Months

Matt Greene was a minus-four on Sunday.

The Kings decided to put Greene in the lineup on Sunday as they went with seven defensemen and only 11 forwards but the move may have backfired as Greene did not have a good game. Stay tuned as it is likely he will be a healthy scratch on Tuesday as the Kings should go back to the traditional 12 forwards and six defensemen.