Kings sign defenceman Matt Greene to five-year extension

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenceman Matt Greene to a five-year contact extension through the 2013-14 season, team president/general manager Dean Lombardi announced Friday.

Greene’s current contract, paying him US$1.25 million this season, expires at the end of the season. His extension is worth $14.75 million, an average of $2.95 million per season.

Greene, 25, is in his first season with the Kings after playing the last three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. The six-foot-four, 234-pound native of Grand Ledge, Mich., was acquired by the Kings on June 29 with centre Jarret Stoll for defenceman Lubomir Visnovsky.

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Greene recorded one assist and 53 penalty minutes in 46 games with Edmonton last season.