|Matt Greene on Thursday (photo: LA Kings)|
Now entering the ring, standing 6-foot-3 and weighing in at 232 pounds, originally from Michigan, now repping the South Bay – he’s the two-time comedy champion and perhaps the only man who loves blood more than Abdullah the Butcher, it’s Matt Greene.
Through the ‘What I’ve learned so far…’ series, several LA Kings players have shared their observations from the first month of the season. So, it’s only appropriate that Greene took us all the way back to the first game of the year for his article.
Here’s what he’s learned so far…
“Sweden is an expensive place,” was Green’s opener.
So, just what was the most expensive thing he purchased on the trip?
“Probably a beer, those things aren’t cheap over there. That’s a lot of Kronor! You don’t really think about it until you do the addition in your head.”
Before this segment turns into ‘Math with Matt,’ let’s move on to his teammates. Here’s what he’s learned about a few of them…
About Mike Richards – “He’s a pretty good dude. Good player too, real good player. It was tough during the exhibition games. But, once we got into the regular season games and saw all the little things he does really well – wow, it’s pretty amazing. He loves to fish too, really enjoys it. He has a pretty sick place, I’ve seen some pictures of it – that’s a nice house.”
About Simon Gagne – “Another solid dude, cool guy. Really enjoyable and one of those players you really get an appreciation for when you actually see him play the game. Other than that, he has a son named Matthew, spelled the same as mine – which is odd, considering he and his wife are French. But, he said they like the English spelling better.”
About Dustin Brown – “Not much new there. Brownie’s an open book. What you see is what you get.”
About Anze Kopitar – “Kopi? He’s really good!”
Wait, you’re just now learning that?
“No, I think I’ve always known,” said Greene. “But, you forget about it over the summer and not having him for the playoffs. Then, he comes back and you realize everything that he does. It’s pretty amazing – actually, everything he does is so amazing, the things he does at both ends of the ice.”
About Jarret Stoll – “Nothing new. He’s just reaffirmed a lot of things – like, he loves clothes. I had the misfortune of him buying me a sweater in Europe that was a little bit out of my price range. But, I had to pay him back anyway. His style is just worldly – he can go anywhere. You can go anywhere and he’s going to be dressed for the occasion.”
On Brad Richardson saying he would be the best dressed Kings player in Europe and if he lived up to the billing – “He’s vain. Richie baby – that answer didn’t surprise me one bit. He’s just following Stollie’s coattails, which is tough for me to say because I really don’t want to give Stoll too much credit either. We’ve actually been talking about this – the undercover dresser on the team is Trevor Lewis. He’s making a strong push for (best dressed). He’s been looking pretty good lately.”
And with that one comment, Greene may have helped Lewis raise his stock back up a few points. The second-year center lost a little street cred the other day when Alec Martinez revealed he had a heated toilet seat in his apartment.
That’s Greene for you though - always willing to stand up for a teammate.
More in this series will be posted next week. If you haven’t been keeping up though, links to a few of the previous articles can be found below.
What I’ve learned so far… by Mike Richards – includes a warning for Dustin Penner
What I’ve learned so far… by Alec Martinez – he calls out Trevor Lewis
What I’ve learned so far… by Simon Gagne - what it means to be a captain
What I’ve learned so far… by Dustin Brown - responds to Westgarth’s allegations
What I’ve learned so far… by Drew Doughty - on the ice and off the ice observations
What I’ve learned so far… by Kevin Westgarth - more good comedy from Westy
What I’ve learned so far… by Ethan Moreau - view from a veteran
What I’ve learned so far… by Trent Hunter - the new guy shares a few thoughts