I’d been meaning to catch up with Matt Greene since he signed his five-year contract extension, but after practice he’s usually caught up in conversation with a teammate. If you’re a Kings fan, that’s definitely a good thing… But I finally caught Greene yesterday and asked him about signing with the Kings long term after just a couple months in the organization…
Question: You made a big commitment without being here very long. What was it that made you feel comfortable enough to sign long term?
GREENE: “The organization has been great and the guys have been good. I like what I see. It reminds me a lot of the team we had in Edmonton, with young players who are going to develop and get better. I want to be around for when everybody starts to get better and a little bit older, and reap the benefits of having some good years here.”
Question: What are your impressions of this defensive group so far:
GREENE: “It’s a good mix of skill and size back there. I think the young kids are showing a lot of promise, and I think guys are just kind of filling in where they need to. Doughty has been rock solid, same with (Gauthier) and Tommy (Preissing) and Kyle Quincey has come in and done a good job. Doughty has a ton of poise and I think there’s going to be some good things coming from this group.”
Question: You had three partners in your first four games, but it looks like you’re settling in with Kyle Quincey. How’s that pairing going for you?
GREENE: “I’m still getting to know him, but I think it’s great. He moves the puck really well, but at the same time too, he’s a good-sized guy so he throws his weight around. I think it’s going to be a good partnership. He’s real easy to play with and he knows where to be, so it’s an easy adjustment for me. I just hope I’m doing all the things he wants me to do too.”