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Kings Greene Cleared For Contact

The Los Angeles Kings had a welcome participant at practice on Monday in the form of Matt Greene.

The defenseman, who has missed 41 of LAs 42 games this year due to a back injury, was cleared for contact and participated in his first full practice today.

Greene also traveled with the Kings to San Jose for tomorrows game against the Sharks.

As for when the 29-year-old will get back in the lineup? Heres what Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said on Friday, prior to Greene getting medical clearance for contact:

Quite honest, if hes not ready to play three or four games, and if we made the playoffs, Id have trouble putting him in for sure.

He played, what, a few minutes of the year. So its not about what you did. Its what youre doing.

Its very simple. I mean, hes going to have to play three or four games, very simple, otherwise I could not be comfortable with it.

For more on this story visit: Mike Halford, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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