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Kings Matt Greene undergoes shoulder surgery

Kings defenseman Matt Greene recently underwent surgery on his left shoulder, the club said Thursday.

The injury, spokesman Mike Kalinowski said, resulted from the wear and tear of last season as the team made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Greene, who is expected to be sidelined for up to three months, appeared in 75 games last season and scored two goals -- tying a career high -- and nine points.

He ranked ninth in the NHL (third among defensemen) with 238 hits and recorded at least one blocked shot in 55 of his 75 games in leading the Kings with 126.

Greene has become one of the Kings' steadier defensemen, a unit led by Jack Johnson and Norris Trophy nominee Drew Doughty. But after letting Sean O'Donnell jump to the Flyers as a free agent, the Kings' depth could be a question mark without Greene, even if they have to be without him for a short period.

The Kings open the 2010-11 season on Oct. 9 against the Vancouver Canucks.

-- Debbie Goffa

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