You’ve probably already heard that Matt Greene’s shoulder was sliced and diced, correcting a slew of fun problems like tears, bone spurs, cuff scuffs and general socket suckage. His recovery time is estimated between 3 and 4 months, meaning he will likely miss the first month of the upcoming 2010-2011 season.
So, does this mean the Kings should dive into the panic dumpster for a replacement? I think not. Ever heard of a guy named Drewiske? Davis, I believe. I’ve heard he can be a pretty good dman. Apparently he used to play for the Kings. He was last spotted on the fan cruise. Coincidentally, this was the closest to ice any Kings’ fan had seen him this calendar year. Unfortunately the ice was cubed and keeping his mojito cold.
This is not to say the Kings will not add to the blueline before the season begins. My faith in Drewiske excluded, the Kings were in need of a dman before this crummy news, and Greene’s surgery only makes that need more apparent. However I would not expect Lombardi to now try and get two dmen, unless one of them was someone he could bury in the minors once Greene hears the warrior cry and returns to action. After all, what the hell is the point of all the defensive prospect depth Dean has been raving about building if one Greeneless month causes such distress?
Matt Barry also claimed earlier today that Kevin Westgarth’s knockout puncher needs some work, and will cause him to miss the beginning of the season as well. This has yet to be confirmed. What has been confirmed is that Westgarth has spent the off-season punching a bison draped in chain-mail, so a hand injury only makes sense.
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