Earlier today we posted comments from Colin Fraser, where he intimated he would get the better of Matt Greene in a good ‘ol hockey scrap. Ever the opportunist, we felt it only fair that Greene be given a shot at a rebuttal.
“Yeah, I don’t know about that,” he said, shrugging off the mere suggestion.
Then, after a calculated pause - through a dead-pan look, mixing humor and perhaps a bit of irritation at the suggestion - Greene added, “”I don’t think so!”
Not only was Fraser sizing up the Kings alternate captain figuratively, he did so literally as well – putting himself at 190 pounds and Greene at 240.
“It’s a generous 190 out of him,” added Greene with a big smirk and a chuckle. “I’m 234. So, he’s giving me a few and he’s giving himself about 10.”
On a more serious note, with just over a week to go in training camp, the 30-year old defenseman still sees a serious competition for spots on the blueline.
“I think everybody is competing for a spot,” he explained. “I think the guys that aren’t are probably Dewey and Slava. Other than that though, it’s pretty wide open right now. I played five games [last season], so I should be trying to come in here and win a spot. That’s what I’m trying to do.”
“Real good puck moving defenseman. Solid position. He’s just getting better defensively. I think he’s pretty all around good D, before I started playing with him. But he’s getting better in all aspects of the game. He’s getting more confidence with the puck and getting better defensively in the zone. He’s going to be a real good player for us.”
As for Muzzin’s challenges in the playoffs, Greene believes it’s all just part of the process.
“We talked about it last year in playoffs with him. You’re out there for a reason. If you play in the playoffs, that’s not by mistake, it means that the coaches have trust in you. It means that you can do the job, so just embrace it. That’s what we try to tell him last year, and get that through to him that he was there for a reason. So just perform.”
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