Roster moves official; Greene bound for LTIR, per report - LA Kings Insider

One week ago, Darryl Sutter was asked why Matt Greene wasn’t on the ice to practice with the team. He responded by saying, “Matt Greene’s banged up. It’s like Mystery Valley for me,” an attempted articulation of an unclear appraisal of a player in the process of being evaluated.

On Wednesday, Mystery Valley came into focus. Greene has an upper-body injury and will be bound for long-term injured reserve to free up cap and roster space to give the team financial flexibility needed to recall goaltender Martin Jones and left wing Tanner Pearson from AHL-Manchester, per Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick, who returned to Los Angeles to undergo evaluation, was not involved in today’s roster moves.

At this point, the severity of Quick’s injury is unknown.

“We’re not going to know until the MRI,” Lombardi told Dillman. “Obviously, it didn’t look good. The trainers told me walking out [last night] it was not good. They don’t know until they get in there and find out what it is … nobody knows.”

Clifford “got his bell rung,” in the first period of Saturday’s Vancouver game, per Sutter, a likely indication of a head injury.

The current injury binge will place plenty of focus on Ben Scrivens, who will be expected to absorb starting duties while Quick is sidelined.

“We are comfortable with Scrivvy in net,” Mike Richards said. “He has played well for us this year. He’s had a history of doing so in Toronto too. I don’t think much changes – we are comfortable with him in net.”

Pearson will join former linemates Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli on the parent club, though there is no current plan to reunite the trio. “I think Toffoli’s good with Mike Richards,” Sutter said Wednesday.

“Obviously it’s exciting for him. First time, other than the playoffs, getting called up,” Linden Vey said of Pearson.

“I think we showed that we can produce and play at a high level in the American League. Playing together, obviously, would be exciting, and hopefully we can do well at this level as well.”

Though the team’s depth will be tested during the process, the team could benefit from the return of Jarret Stoll to the lineup. Stoll missed the three previous games with an upper-body injury, per Sutter.

“I talked to him before we went on the ice,” Sutter said before the team traveled to Long Island on Wednesday. “He thinks he’s close, so we’ll just see what he’s like in the morning. I’m kind of leaning towards a hundred percent. He played last time, and it actually hurt our team because he played four or five minutes. Jarret’s going to say he’s ready, but that’s what he told me last time. That’s not a criticism. That’s cause he wanted to play. But we’re in a little bit of an injury situation. We can’t get into a shortened bench in a three-in-four here. You’re in trouble.”

Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.