Greene 'excited' to join Kings

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

, Last Updated: 8:49 AM ET

Matt Greene knew enough to know he wasn't untouchable, but the 25-year-old stay-at-home defenceman still figured he was part of Edmonton's long-term plans.

Being young and relatively inexpensive, a lot of people thought he'd be an Oiler for years to come.

"I thought so, too,'' admitted Greene, who did a double take when Edmonton traded him, along with Jarret Stoll, to Los Angeles on Sunday. "It caught me off guard, for sure. But it was explained pretty well to me and I'm excited about going to L.A."

How was it explained?

"That Edmonton needed Visnovsky," said Greene, who arrived in Edmonton three years ago and played in the Stanley Cup final as a rookie.

"They told me they deliberated a long time and figured it would be the right move for their club.

"I hold no hard feelings at all. I'm thankful for everything the Oilers did for me. They gave me my shot and gave me my chance to play.

"I'll always be happy for that and I'll always remember my time in Edmonton as being a great time. Now I'll move on and enjoy L.A. and take that opportunity for all it's worth."

It sounds like a great opportunity.

"It'll be fun," Greene said. "I think I'll probably have more visitors during the winter than I had in Edmonton. I think I'll get a lot of relatives calling.

"But I'm going to miss Edmonton, that's for sure. I really enjoyed it. I loved the city, loved the fans. That's what makes it such a great place, that the fans are so passionate about the sport."

- The Oilers were in discussions with Curtis Glencross's agent into the evening in a final attempt to get him re-signed before he becomes an unrestricted free agent this morning.

- The Springfield Falcons have named Gerry Fleming an assistant coach with the AHLteam. Fleming spent the last seven seasons (2001-2008) with the ECHL's Florida Everblades.


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