Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene (2) kisses the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Rangers in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: Kings expected to re-sign Matt Greene to four-year deal

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The Los Angeles Kings face a busy offseason as they try to keep the Stanley Cup team in tact to make another run at their third Cup in four years and are reportedly finalizing a deal to re-sign veteran defenseman Matt Greene, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Dreger tweeted the deal for Greene, 31, would be for four years and worth $10 million for an average annual salary of $2.5 million. Greene just finished playing out a five-year deal worth $14.75 million so he would be taking a slight pay cut to remain with the club he has been an alternate captain.

The length of the deal would be a bit of an eye-opener considering the veteran blue-liner has battled injuries and a dip in production over the last two seasons.

Greene was limited to only 38 games this season and missed five of the Kings 26 playoff games this year either as a result to injury or being a healthy scratch. The year prior, Greene appeared in just five of the 48 regular season games in the lockout-shortened season and nine postseason games.

His $2.5 million salary isn’t going to break the bank but a four-year deal for a player clearly on the decline and a history of injury could come back to hurt the team in the coming years with others facing a big pay day.

The Kings will try to sign Willie Mitchell and Marian Gaborik, who led the NHL in playoff goals, as their free agent priorities and Dwight King is a restricted free agent, as general manager Dean Lombardi attempts to bring back the entire team next year.

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