The Los Angeles Kings struggled to score goals during the 2016-17 NHL season and missed the playoffs as a result. The disappointing end resulted in Darryl Sutter and Dean Lombardi losing their positions with John Stevens and Rob Blake becoming the new head coach and general manager, respectively.
Both Stevens and Blake quickly identified their offense as a point of emphasis during their offseason. Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli both signed contract extensions to remain Kings. However, the Kings will be parting ways with Matt Greene to make more room for potential goal scorers, according to Helene Elliot of Los Angeles Times:
The Kings prepared to bid farewell to a core member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams when they activated rugged defenseman Matt Greene off injured reserve Tuesday as the first step toward buying out his contract.
Greene spent nine seasons with the Kings dating back to 2008 and was a key member of the 2010 and 2012 Stanley Cup winning teams. Injuries and back surgery limited Greene’s production over his last two seasons. Between 2015 and 2017, Greene played 29 games and recorded 76 hits while blocking 28 shots.
Outside of his defense, Greene brought little to the team’s attack. He recorded a career-high 15 points in 2011-12 but failed to register double digits since. Given the lack of production and ongoing recovery, parting ways with Greene makes sense for the Kings moving forward.
By buying out Greene’s contract, the Kings will save cap space as a result of limiting his cap hit to $833,000 instead of $2.5 million.