The Kings have assigned defenseman Derek Forbort to AHL-Ontario, the team announced Thursday morning. Forbort was held scoreless in two games, having registered two shots on goal and two penalty minutes while averaging 10:38 of ice time in wins over Minnesota (his NHL debut) and Colorado.
Though this could be interpreted as an indication that defenseman Matt Greene is nearing a return to game-readiness, I’ve been told by hockey operations that the roster move is based more on the opportunity for Forbort to get into a pair of games this weekend when the Reign host the San Antonio Rampage on Friday and Saturday. The assignment also represents the flexibility in Forbort’s roster status – he can be assigned to the AHL without having to clear waivers – and the ease of travel between Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, as opposed to New Hampshire. The Kings travel to the Midwest for a quick Monday-Tuesday back-to-back set in Chicago and St. Louis; should the team hypothetically lose a defenseman during this Saturday’s game against Nashville, Forbort would be a car ride away from being able to re-join the team.
Matt Greene has skated throughout his rehabilitation from an early season upper-body injury and is eligible to come off Injured Reserve at any time. More will be learned about his readiness when the team returns to practice at Toyota Sports Center on Friday at 10:00 a.m.