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KINGS ACQUIRE STOLL AND GREENE FROM EDMONTON FOR VISNOVSKY

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Jarret Stoll
Matt Greene
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have acquired forward Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Sunday.

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“It’s never easy to give up a player of Lubo’s caliber, but for the direction of this franchise, this exchange allows us to add two players who fit the long-term vision for this team,” Lombardi said. “We appreciate Lubo’s service and outstanding play these last seven years in Los Angeles. He was not only a great player for us, but a class act.”

Stoll ( Highlights), who turned 26 on June 24, notched 36 points (14-22=36) and 74 penalty minutes in 81 games for Edmonton last season. Stoll also ranked second on the Oilers with eight power-play goals and led the team with three short-handed tallies, which was tied for eighth in the NHL. The 6-1, 210-pound native of Melville, Saskatchewan had 39 points (13-26=39) in 2006-07 and a career-high 68 points (22-46=68) during his rookie year in 2005-06. He also posted 10 points (4-6=10) and 24 penalty minutes in 24 playoff games in 2006 when Edmonton advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals before losing to Carolina. In 286 career NHL regular season games (all with the Oilers), Stoll has 165 points (59-106=165) and 238 penalty minutes.

He has also represented Canada three times in International play, including twice in the IIHF World Junior Championships. Stoll won a bronze medal in 2001 and captained Canada to a silver medal in 2002. In addition, he won a gold medal with the Canadian Under-18 Team at the Four-Nations Cup in 1999. Stoll was originally selected by Calgary in the second round (46th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He re-entered the draft in 2002 and was selected by Edmonton in the second round (36th overall).

Greene ( Highlights), 25, had one point (an assist) and 53 penalty minutes in 46 games for Edmonton last season. He missed 34 games (Nov. 2, 2007 to Jan. 15, 2008) due to an injury. The 6-3, 233-pound native of Grand Ledge, Mich. had 10 points (1-9=10) in 2006-07 and two points (0-2=2) during his rookie year in 2005-06. He also posted an assist and 34 penalty minutes in 18 postseason games in the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 151 career NHL regular season games (all with the Oilers), Greene has 13 points (1-12=13) and 205 penalty minutes.

In International play he most recently represented the United States at the 2008 World Championships, where he led the club with 38 penalty minutes. Green was also a member of Team USA at the 2003 World Junior Championships and played on the 2002 U.S. Junior Select Team at the Viking Cup. He also won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2000 Five-Nations Tournament. Greene was originally selected by the Oilers in the second round (44th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Visnovsky, 31, recorded 41 points (8-33=41) in 82 games for the Kings last season. He led Los Angeles with 22:59 time-on-ice average and was one of four Kings to play in all 82 games (Anze Kopitar, Michal Handzus and Patrick O’Sullivan were the others). The 5-10, 188-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia registered 279 points (70-209=279) and 214 penalty minutes in 499 career NHL regular season games (all with the Kings).

In addition, he set career highs with 18 goals in 2006-07 and 67 points in 2005-06, while leading all Kings defensemen in points the last three seasons. Visnovsky, who was a 2007 NHL All-Star, is only the fourth Kings defenseman to eclipse the 200-assist mark (joining Rob Blake, Mark Hardy and Steve Duchesne). He was originally selected by Los Angles in the fourth round (118th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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