Then and Now: Kyle Greentree

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Kyle Greentree has played in 373 AHL games, but has only taken part in four NHL games. Two of his four games in the NHL were with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2007-2008 season. Although he has yet to register a point in the NHL, Greentree has four 20-goal seasons in the AHL.

After his third season at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Greentree joined the Philadelphia Phantoms for the end of the 2006-07 season. The left winger deposited two goals in eight games, as he scored in back-to-back contests. Greentree’s presence on the team didn’t matter much, as Philadelphia finished 24th in the 27-team league.

The next year, Greentree helped the Phantoms reach the playoffs with his offensive production. He led the team with 24 goals and finished tied for third amongst AHL rookies, while he finished ninth amongst first-year players with 48 points overall. As for the Phantoms, they beat the Albany River Rats in a seven-game first round series before falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in five games during the second round.

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It was during this season that Greentree was called up to the Flyers to take part in two games. His first game with Philly was the Flyers’ 4-3 loss to the New York Islanders on February 12, 2008 (where Ruslan Fedotenko earned the second star of the game with a goal and an assist), as he recorded two shots on net and a minus-one rating. His second and last game in the Orange and Black was the Flyers’ next game, a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Lightning, where Greentree had one shot on net in almost seven minutes of ice time.

In June of 2008, Greentree was shipped to the Calgary Flames’ organization for Tim Ramholt, a defenseman who never played a single game for the Flyers.

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Similar to the previous season with the Flyers’ organization, Greentree spent the majority of his time in the AHL with the Quad City Flames and made a brief appearance with the Calgary Flames.

Greentree took part in 79 games for Quad City and finished second in the league with 39 goals, as Alexandre Giroux of the Hershey Bears led the league with a staggering 60 goals. Greentree finished third in the AHL with 20 power-play goals, while Giroux had 22 and Chris Minard had 21 goals. With the addition of 37 assists, Greentree finished 10th in the league with 76 points.

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As for his action in the NHL, the forward appeared in a pair of games for Calgary. His first was on February 21st, when he had two shots in 13:23 TOI in a Flames’ 3-2 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers. Greentree stayed with the team to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets three days later. He recorded one shot in 5:12 TOI in a 4-1 win for Calgary.

In October of 2009, Greentree was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks’ organization for blue liner Aaron Johnson. The defenseman didn’t stay in Calgary long, as the Flames shipped Johnson in March of 2010 to the Oilers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2011 (Travis Ewanyk) and Steve Staios.

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Greentree didn’t play a game for the Chicago Blackhawks, but he took part in 64 games for the Hawks’ AHL affiliate the Rockford IceHogs. The winger led the club with 25 goals and added on 20 assists to finish fourth on the team in points behind Mark Cullen, Bracken Kearns, and Jack Skille.

Thanks to Greentree’s efforts, the IceHogs were able to make the playoffs. Unfortunately for the squad, they were swept in the opening round by the Texas Stars. Greentree went pointless in three playoff games, but managed to rack up 19 PIMs.

After one season with the Blackhawks’ organization, Greentree signed with the Washington Capitals’ organization for two years at a cap hit of $512,500 each year.

Two years back, Greentree and Brian Willsie finished tied for first on the team with 30 goals. With 33 assists Greentree finished third on the team with 63 points, as Hershey finished third in the Eastern Conference with 100 points.

For a second straight season, Greentree’s club wasn’t able to advance to the second round of the playoffs, as the Bears lost in six games to the Charlotte Checkers. He had the game-winning goal in Game 3 and pitched an assist during the series.

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Last season was Greentree’s first season where he didn’t pot at least 24 goals in an AHL season where he played the majority of the year. In 50 games he put home 11 goals and 23 assists to finish eighth on the team with 34 points.

For the second straight year for the Bears, and the third straight year for Greentree, Hershey lost in the opening round of the playoffs. This time, the squad lost the best-of-five series 3-2 to the Penguins.

As of right now, Greentree is a Group 3 unrestricted free agent. What this means is Greentree is at least 27 years old (he’s 28) or that he has played in at least seven accrued seasons and is an unrestricted free agent. Greentree has stated that he would like to stay with the club, but his future is uncertain.