NEW YORK -- Back surgery put Kings defenseman Matt Greene out for almost all of last season, and now he is expected to miss a significant period of time with an unrelated issue, an upper-body injury.
The Kings were preparing paperwork on Wednesday to put Greene on long-term injured reserve, General Manager Dean Lombardi said in an interview. That mechanism is designed to give the team salary cap relief and opens up a roster spot.
In the aftermath of the Kings' recent spate of injuries -- the most recent occuring to franchise goalie Jonathan Quick in Buffalo on Tuesday night -- the team will be calling up goalie Martin Jones and left wing Tanner Pearson from their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
They will join the team for morning skate here as the Kings face the New York Islanders on Thursday night. Quick, who was injured late in overtime against the Sabres, is heading back to Los Angeles for evaluation, including an MRI examination.