What Will Willie Mitchell’s Rumored Extension Mean For The L.A. Kings?

The Mayor has heard it.

Matt Barry has heard it.

We have heard it.

Willie Mitchell is getting an extension soon.

He is 35 this April. Spring chicken he is not.

He does have a concussion history. He has been healthy this seasons. Knock wood. If the L.A. Kings past and luck is any indicator, within a few weeks of the ink being dry on that extension, we will lose Willie to the dreaded _____ body injury. You fill in the blank.

Mitchell has a cap hit of $3.5 million. That is a lot of dough for a mid 30′s defenseman but one thing Willie Mitchell brings to the L.A. Kings defense is consistency and respect. He and that extra long stick keep crashing forwards away and clear pucks from around the crease. While nobody will mistake him for Shea Weber, Willie is the reason offensive defenseman like Drew Doughty and, more recently, Slava Voynov can take the role of the active D1.

Willie has value. How much?

Isn’t it always about the how much?

I don’t expect a pay raise or, should I write, a big one. Mitchell is paid fairly for his contributions. A top 4 defensive defenseman should get around $3.5 to $4.0 million per season. I also don’t expect a long contract. Two seasons, on the outside three.

Dean Lombardi values what Willie Mitchell brings. So do I. Willie has never been part of the problem and he has consistently been a key aspect of the solution. I am happy to hear he is signing an extension soon.



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  1. Damn skippy.

    Love to have Willie stay. He is as solid as solid gets and he moves a fine pick out of the zone.

    It’s time to trade some D for O… Seeing as I thought that was the idea all along and we’ve only traded Tuebert. All of our other trades for Forwards have involved trading forwards away…

    Martinez or Greene, depending on how DL is leaning towards the future, is who I’m dangling along with a Stoll or Richardson or Lewis and maybe a guy from Manchester to get me a solid 2nd line winger. Personally I look to trade Martinez and then look to replacing Greene’s toughness at a lower cost over the summer.

    • Personally I think you’d be disappointed in the future if they trade AMart. I watched the game vs. TB and really think he has a good skill set and will only get better.

      Perhaps your thinking is that they don’t need VV And Amart, and that makes sense. But I think that guy (AM) really has potential and will develop into a fine dman. If they trade him just to get back another ‘ok’ 2nd line player…. personally I’m not all for it. But that’s just me

      Also, I simply don’t think one player is gonna change the teams fortunes that much this year. IF they stay healthy and go into the playoffs w Anze and Richards, I’d take my chances w that (compared to last year w/o a first line center) and do what they can with that.

      • In regards to Martinez, I think a lot of people would agree with you. He’s going to be a good defenseman, but who do you trade? I assume Lombardi (and most fans) would like the team to keep Voynov. But at some point, we do need to leverage this crop of defensive prospects that are getting jammed up. We all knew Lombardi was drafting deep on defense, and that once the roster spots were solidified, we’d use the remainder as trade assets.

        So who leaves? Martinez or VV? Just curious who you’d move.

  2. Love Willie, hopefully gives us a couple more great years. Best and closest to being an elite defenseman on the Kings as #2 and #3 overalls have been close to busts as much more was expected.. Still have hope for #3.

    Anyway, thanks for all you have done for this team Willie, glad you’re gonna stay around a while.

  3. Real good move to re-sign Mitchell. 2-3 years is perfect hopefully he’s a little cheaper this time.

    Wonder if we keep Fraser?

  4. 1) Bobby don’t you dare put a jinx on Willie ..as like our other Bobby ..I want a night off from my OCD knuckle ‘knocking on wood’ to reverse any bad mojo.
    Superstitious..absolutely :0
    2) Willie does not strike me as a $$ greedy guy..He loves this game and if I read him correctly also loves playing in LA.
    So YAY! from this Fan if Willie will be around a while longer.
    GO KINGS GO!!!

  5. … Welp. I disagree with this move if it turns out to be the real deal.

    Moves like this is what losing teams and bad GMs do, but these are the Kings, after all.

    It’s like the Kings took all of this time to build a farm system, and yet they don’t believe in the players the farm system is producing. They have so little belief in their prospects that they’re willing to pay through the nose for a guy who will be playing out his age 35 and age 36 seasons.

    Losing teams believe there is a magic in “proven” big league talent. Losing teams believe that big league talent is in short supply. Losing teams look backward, at what a player has done, and subscribe to the generous but misguided belief that if they pay that player enough money that he will do it again.

    Why did the Kings trade Teddy Purcell for Jeff Halpern? Why did they lose Oscar Moller and Bud Holloway and end up with Trent Hunter and Ethan Moreau? Because they believe talent to be in short supply.

    I respect Willie Mitchell. He’s done a fine job these past two seasons when he’s been healthy. This has nothing to do with what he’s done with the Kings. This is about a frustration I have with an organization willing to look backward, at what a player has done, rather than forward, at what an unproven player can do.

    • You’re fucking stupid. Good shutdown defenseman are hard to find and Mitchell is among the elite. He has the capability to contribute well for another few years and has done more for this team than your good buddy Droughty and will continue to do so as long as he is a King.

      You sir are an idiot. Fuck off please, thank you.
      .

      • … You shouldn’t be posting while on your meds, Mrs. Mitchell. Such foul words are not very ladylike on your part. I already said I respected and appreciated what your husband has done here. I don’t know why you’re so bent out of shape?

        • And you shouldn’t post comments with Doughtys dick up your ass Mrs. Drew’s bitch

          Funny I defend Mitchell once and I’m Mrs. Mitchell. You defend Doughty like his cock slut so what does that make you?
          You got it, one big fag.

      • Jt dutch is such a douche. I haven’t posted on this site in a while because his stupidity is mind boggling. I would hope he’s just a troll being as one day he says one thing, and the next another, depending on what the general consensous is. If you like being a fan of teams that promote from within, become a fan of the oil or the islanders. They’re doing so great aren’t they?

        • one day he says one thing, and the next another, depending on what the general consensous is.

          … This is full of shit, but you knew that already before you wrote it, didn’t you?

          And as for you not coming around because of me, that’s another lie. You came here to pile on because it was easy to do. You couldn’t engage in the debate because you can’t compete. Be honest.

          If you like being a fan of teams that promote from within, become a fan of the oil or the islanders.

          … And statements like this is why you can’t compete. This is literally one of the most retarded lines I’ve ever read here, and that’s saying something. Congratulations.

        • Portly…can I call you portly? Maybe not, huh?

          Seriously, KingsFanInPortland there is much, much more to this site than just the negativity; please visit often and don’t be afraid to post, I’ve seen your stuff at other places and look forward to your opinions. Salute.

    • Not sure how you can really claim this without knowing the price. If it’s 2 years at same price, I let it slide. Going for more you have a right to bitch. If we’re gettin ghim for 3M or less for 3 yrs or less it’s all good.

      I agree with your point about not trusting the farm at all, but Martinez did come up last season and now we brought Voynov up as well (even if we are over stacked). If they don’t trade off Drewiskie or Martinez soon (or maybe Voynov if they get a doozy of a forward) then I’ll start agreeing with you more. If we’re sitting on the same D at the end of next season and resign Scuds then I’ll agree even more.

      But bottom line is renewing Willie at the expense of bringing up prospeccts is not even close to signing Hunter and Moreau and not bringing up prospects.

      • I agree with your point about not trusting the farm at all

        … OK, but then you go on to say:

        If they don’t trade off Drewiskie or Martinez soon (or maybe Voynov if they get a doozy of a forward) then I’ll start agreeing with you more.

        … How would trading one or more of the defenseman this farm system has produced improve the level of trust the organization has in it? How would that work???

        But bottom line is renewing Willie at the expense of bringing up prospeccts is not even close to signing Hunter and Moreau and not bringing up prospects.

        … Disagree. Mitchell is still a player who is entering the twilight of his career, just as Moreau was. Hunter is simply reaching his twilight at a premature age. Looks to me like this organization will always find some excuse, any excuse, to play a declining veteran over a young prospect.

        • “… How would trading one or more of the defenseman this farm system has produced improve the level of trust the organization has in it? How would that work???”

          I thought he menat that if they were to trade a Martinez, it would be because they were able to trust his replacement in the pipeline. If they don’t trade, seems like he thinks it would be because they would not trust his replacement. Trading would improve his trust, regarding the implied trust the Kings have in their “pipeline” or organization.

          “… Disagree. Mitchell is still a player who is entering the twilight of his career, just as Moreau was.”

          I disagree with you here, to me Mitchell is still playing much closer to his best while Moreau was playing far from his best. Mitchell is still at least a very viable two-way D-man, and I would argue further that he is our best all-around defenseman. Even with a typical drop-off over two years (if that even happens) he would still easily be a top 4 guy, maybe second pairing, IMHO.

          • I thought he menat that if they were to trade a Martinez, it would be because they were able to trust his replacement in the pipeline.

            … Fine, but Martinez is 24 and is barely over a season’s worth of games out of the farm system himself. It’s not like he’s ever been consistently slotted for anything on this team, even though he’s played consistently well this season when he has been allowed to play.

            I disagree with you

            … I’m shocked.

          • Martinez was given a regular spot last year. Voynov stole that spot from him this year. The fact that we have carried 8 defenseman nearly all year is a testament to how much the Kings DO believe in their young defenseman.

            Also the philosophy of stockpiling young defenseman was never a plan to play them all. It was ALWAYS in order to one day trade some away for forward talent because Lombardi believes young defenseman are of higher value than young forwards. His point was actually proven by the James Neal trade.

            So if we DON’T trade one of Martinez r Voynov or Hickey, we are actually veering away from the plan.

          • The fact that we have carried 8 defenseman nearly all year is a testament to how much the Kings DO believe in their young defensemam

            … LMAO! Are you serious with this? The reason they’ve carried so many defensemen is because they didn’t have shit else to fill the damned roster. You can only compile so many All-Stars like Moreau, Hunter, and Fraser to round out that Cup-contending roster. THE TIME IS NOW!

            Alright, I suppose we’re reaching critical mass here. I’m nearly choking from laughter at some of the irrationality in these comments. You’d think I kicked Bob Miller in the groin based on the reactions here. I gotta step back. Mitchell is going to get his extension. You guys are gonna win this; you’re getting what you want. I would say be careful what you ask for, but hell, if things don’t work out you’ll just blame it on a “curse” or the Gretzky statue or some other shit. Maybe you can blame it on Penner.

            Be happy. You won!

      • This. It’s a good move for a key position which we do not have in the system. We have a bunch of offensive defensemen, one of which still consistently makes shitty defensive plays (JJ). If we let Willie go, we’d have Scuds, and then Greene? Jeez.

        It’d be better to deal Greene or JJ (or both) for whatever we can get and fill that spot from the bottom.

    • Apparently you don’t actually watch The Kings…

      The Kings ain’t the same w/o Willie in the lineup.

      Despite our anemic offense and in my opinion put me to sleep system, the defense along with Quicker is one of the best in the NHL. Oh, but wait, you don’t actually watch the games. You just like to run your mouth.

      Anyone opposed to signing Willie for 1 or 2 more seasons is clearly arrogant or stupid, or both.

      Since apparently you like to only talk about transactions in hindsight (it’s so easy, huh?), YOU tell us what The Kings should do from here on out.

      • … Welcome to S&S, new Kings fan and first time forum poster!

        YOU tell us what The Kings should do from here on out.

        … Read some threads and you may find your answer! We’ve been talking hockey for a little while before you got here! Have fun.

    • JT,

      Lets say you let him walk. Who do you replace him with? Jake Muzzin? Awful year in Manch. Thomas Hickey? What happens when Matt Greene gets hurt and lets face it, Matt Greene gets hurt because he lays it all on the line (he has to, he’s untalented) – A quick look at the UFA crop and you have Hal Gill? Brad Stuart worked out well the 1st time, didn’t he? Barrett jackman, Bryan Allen? Mitchell is a bargain compared to what is out there… and he likes it in L.A. – his wife does too.

      • So your assumption is that Greene lays it all on the line because he is not as skilled but lets say he was a better skater or could quarterback the PP then he would become soft.
        Matt is a team guy and would play hard talent or no talent, I guarentee you.

        Another stupid comment.

      • Lets say you let him walk. Who do you replace him with?

        … I’ve already posted what my depth chart would be. Doughty, Scuderi, Greene, Voynov, Johnson, Martinez, Hickey, and Drewiske. I didn’t list Muzzin and I don’t think he has the goods.

        his wife does too.

        … Yeah I know, I read her nasty little post up there.

        • You say “nasty” as if that’s a bad thing. Seems odd.

        • Then you fundamentally disagree with the concept of having 3 offensive defenseman and 3 stay at home defenseman in the top 6? Because I see 3 too many of one kind of player in that group an not enough of the other, and that has nothing to do with age.

          • Then you fundamentally disagree with the concept of having 3 offensive defenseman and 3 stay at home defenseman in the top 6?

            … Yep, I sure do – when two of those three are entering their mid-30s.

            Because I see 3 too many of one kind of player in that group an not enough of the other

            … Labeling certain players a little prematurely, are you? I wish I could say I’m surprised.

          • Who is the shutdown defenseman in the group of Voynov/Martinez/Hickey? Drewiske just isn’t that good and while Voynov and Martinez aren’t poor defensively, they are primarily offensive minded defenseman. Hickey as well. I’ve seen Hickey play. Who am I labeling prematurely. Who is good enough to cover for Diughty or Johnson in the next two years when The Sedins are on a rush?

            It’s not like Offensively minded dmen wake up one day and decide to be defensive specialists.

            Your frequent ageism is misplaced.

          • That’s funny that you whine about labeling yet in your comment above the only thing you point out is their age.

            Aliyah sed age is just a numba.

            No really, I’d say they’re playing pretty damn well and aren’t showing signs of their extremely advanced ages (33 & 34, so fucking old, just die already, I hope he leaves me the house).

        • JT it has become common knowledge Here that you have your head up your ass and really have no idea what you are talking about. You actually said that dreweske should actually stay on this team? Mitchie is a great asset to this team unlike the 7million dollar man child doughty. You are the only one who thinks your opinions are brilliant the rest of us think you are an idiot. A Mart needs to be traded. Maybe keep scudz for cheap and hope doughty and jj live up to their hype at some point

    • JT….. while I personally like Willie a lot and have no problem with him being resigined (I’d say though 2 years ideally)…. Boy, do I agree with you on the rest!!!

      Please Read This!
      You’re the only one I’ve seen put it in terms as you did. Of course guys have joked on Insider, oh, Philly West and all.
      But taking your point and going a wee bit further with it.
      I will resist the temptation to put it in caps…: Dean Lombardi seems to have a problem dealing with ‘the new’ and ‘the unknown’. So do lot’s of people. But lots of people aren’t the GM of an NHL team.

      I really really dislike that quality. I can not believe the number of people he’s brought into the Kings family that were supposedly a ‘known quantity’. Seems the list is endless. Don’t know about the scouts (though I just read that Futa was GM of the Owen Sound and therefore GM of Trevor Lewis…. great that for a first round pick…. again…. ‘the known’).

      So back to my rant. Ethan Moreau, Trent Hunter, Dan Cloutier (that worked out well), Marc Crawford, Terry Murray, Justin Williams (that actually Is working out well), Mike Richards (we’ll see), Dustin Penner, Kompon, Jon Stevens, Zus (he worked out well).

      But point taken. I don’t know What it takes for DL to get out of his nice little comfort zone. Oh, forgot Brad Stuart, who actually didn’t play all that well when with the Kings.

      JT….. maybe you could write a whole feature article on this for the site. It drives me up a wall. How in God’s name do you expect to compete for a Stanley Cup without taking some risks?

      I wish you hadn’t done your post because I really am not very happy about this one aspect of the constitution of the team to say the least. I emailed a pal the other day and said how important I thought it was for DL to be scouting in earnest amateur players throughout the world who are forwards (wingers) ideally who have good hands and a high skill set, but that he’d probably bring out the garland of garlic seeing that as a description…. though there was Tyler Toffoli. We’ll see what happens with him as well. A few years in the AHL will hopefully get him sorted out…….

      By JT. Thanks for the good cheer.

      • and just reading the others comments above mine…. as for Willie Mitchell which was the whole point of the article, yes I agree with the others – just to be clear – that he definitely should be resigned.

      • I don’t know What it takes for DL to get out of his nice little comfort zone.

        … He won’t leave it. It would be one thing to write an article about it, but really that’s all there is to it.

        He’s not going to do something unconventional (in his mind) when he’s been here five and a half seasons and has the team right about where it was before he got here. His job is on the line. He’s going for the sure thing. It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion he was going to do this with Mitchell, and that’s why I initially wrote my comment in the post-game thread about NOT re-signing Mitchell. I wrote it because I knew what Lombardi was planning to do, and I’d heard the rumours myself. It’s why I wrote what I have here. I just wanted to say my piece and call my shot on this before it went down.

        The fact that Mitchell is in his mid-30s and is injury prone is even better for Lombardi – it’s another ready made excuse for eventual failure. Dean’s all about that. This isn’t about winning, because he’s not going to win … this is about holding on to his spot as long as he possibly can.

    • This is what Losing teams do?

      So…. Good teams dump one of their best defenseman because he is in his mid 30s?

      Good teams have players like Mitchell. Good teams don’t get rid of good players because they are not young so that they can play less talented players in their place. I think you are confusing team building philosophy with cap management, because the reason do many teams play so many youngster is because they spend so much money on their best players that they need a constant influx of young players with low cap hits to round out the roster. And the Kings have that with Martinez and Voynov. Good teams will end up trading many of those players away web their time for a raise comes because they have better players they are already paying for and new cheap youngsters to fill in their spot. So this all comes down to how much DL pays for Mitchell and exacerbates the point that Greene is overpaid for his talents.

      The rotating door is not “proven kick ass veterans out for young unproven players in”. It’s “unproven young players replace each other as kick ass veterans keep playing until they don’t kick ass anymore”. Well Mitchell still kicks ass and there is no reason to believe he won’t kick ass for another 2 or 3 years.

      Until we have someone who has developed into the veteran that plays the kind of game Mitchell and Scuderi play, you have to keep Mitchell and Scuderi. Dropping proven kick ass player fr players who aren’t as good as them just because they are younger is what bad teams do, because that’s what rebuilding teams do.

    • Also just because the Halpern trade was fucking stupid doesn’t mean Mitchell isn’t worth keeping.

      And your point about Holloway/Moller for Moreau/Hunter is wrong because those two guys up and left. The kings left spots open for them to take in camp and they snubbed the Kings by taking off. They wanted a guaranteed spot in a lesser league than a spot they had to fight for in a better league. Hunter and Moreau were brought in after they left because the Kings were now left without the forwards they felt were ready to make the jump from Manchester. I wish Dean has picked two better players than Moreau and Hunter, but at least one of those spots was supposed to go to Holloway or Moller if they hadn’t independently made the decision to leave the NHL in poorly timed fashion.

      • And your point about Holloway/Moller for Moreau/Hunter is wrong because those two guys up and left.

        … You rationalize it how you want, man. They didn’t see an opportunity in the Kings’ organization, so they went to find it elsewhere. The Kings had more than enough chances to take a good look at either one. They simply didn’t want to do it. You think Terry Murray was going to give a full shot to a young player over a veteran? Of course not. Give me a fucking break.

        • So it’s outside the realm of possibility that one of these kids just made a stupid mistake? They are infallible?

          You always give other people a hard time when they presume to know what goes on inside the locker room, yet you find it perfectly OK to assume all of this?

          I agree that Murray was a dumbshit when it came to developing young offensively gifted forward talent, but you can’t even allow for the idea that Holloway saw $ signs and skipped town for that reason?

          • I agree that Murray was a dumbshit when it came to developing young offensively gifted forward talent

            … So what in the hell are we even talking about here? Christ.

            Actually, it worked out perfectly for Lombardi. He rid himself of two players who weren’t going to get an opportunity anyway, and he gets to look like the victim and say “well heyyy they were gonna get a shot here” (bullshit) all the while furthering the mentality that everyone’s out to get the poor widdo Kings again.

          • No….. because I think Holloway would have made the team, only that Murray would have then tried to turn him into a grinder. :)

          • I think JT’s point, and I think he’s right, is that the problem was that Bud was never even given a sniff, and Moller was snubbed for that scrub from Manchester during the playoffs (despite playing well and going to a HARD AREA to screen the goalie on a point shot goal), which ended up backfiring because DL didn’t file his papers in time.

            Now, to be fair to DL, it’s not like Moller is a sure thing. He didn’t do himself any favors by getting knocked on his ass everytime someone touched him near the boards.

          • Holloway is the puzzling thing, because he seemed to come through in the playoffs and score clutch goals. That’s like DL’s bread and butter. Character players who perform well in playoffs, international tourneys and other big games.

          • That’s fine. My problem is using backwards logic to say that the Kings picked up Hunter and Moreau INSTEAD of Moller and Holloway. Because that’s just wrong and backwards. The Kings left spots open for Holloway and Moller and when they left, went out and got Hunter and Moearu because they didn’t think anyone else from Manchester would be ready. It was a shitty situation all around. Shitty that they left, shitty that Lombardi then made the problem worse by signing two scrubs.

          • I’m pretty sure calling up Zeiler to play instead of an already on the roster Moller during the playoffs is worse than signing Moreau and Hunter.

            Wait, I take that back. Nothing is worse than signing and playing those two talentless geezers.

          • Jeez… I don’t even remember them calling up Zeiler in last year’s playoffs… maybe I blocked it out of memory because it is too painful.

          • That was the callup that never was because they fucked up and didn’t get the paperwork done in time for him to clear waivers.

            Still, that’s gotta piss you off if you’re Moller.

          • No I think it’s gotta piss you off if you’re MA Cliche. He’s the defensive forward of the bunch and poor defense was the Kings’ achilles heal in that series.

      • Damn Surly. I know you like to swear and talk about sex and all, but when you write about hockey and reasonable front office structure, you can do a really great job.

        Well written and well thought out.

  6. I like the signing, if it does indeed prove to be true. Willie has been a monster for the Kings. The Kings are a better team with him in the lineup. I have no doubts about that.

    The only thing that would make me hesitate about signing Mitchell is if it’s for more than 2 or 3 years. The Kings need to start bringing up the kids pretty soon or all that supposed depth in Manchester means nothing.

  7. If Mitchell enjoy’s LA, we need to keep him on board…..STUD!!!

    Signing him to an extention takes the rental label off and really increases his trade value…I wouldn’t trade Mitch….until we establish a guy that can do his job.

    But, that’s a hard job to fill….and many teams have to be inquiring about his services, because it takes years to fine tune a defenceman into the kind we have in Mitchell. Not enough Mitchell’s in the league…..but if AEG is pressuring Deano to fix and win now….this may be our most sought after possession…

    Under contract for a few years, makes him worth overpaying…..

  8. Crossing my fingers the ‘dreaded curse’ doesnt happen.

    For the long-term I think it’s a very good move. What he brings to the D corp is so understated that it’s amazing. The comparison of records of him in/out of the line-up speak volumes.

    The combination of Willie and Scuds have done a lot to help with the development of DD, JJ, AMart and VV. Greene has as well, especially since BFF took over and went to Greene specifically to step up in a leadership role.

    My guess is another 2-year contract. LA has to get some of the logjam of D moved into the system further. Keeping Willie further complicates that. We will retire in say 2-years, then Scuds can move into the old vet role. It would be interesting to see if Willie would remain afterwards in a coaching role.

    Good move for LA at this point.

  9. I need to put this though into the universe: Jonathan Bernier and another token draft pick or player to Columbus for Rick Nash!! Lombardi, think big like our old pal Bruce McNall.

  10. I came here to post this.

  11. We’ll see what the dollar value and term is, but if it’s 2 years at the same price, then I think it’s a no brainer and a bargain. The Kings DO NOT have a replacement for Mitchell in the system. Plain and simple. You can talk all you want about Martinez, Muzzin, Drewiske, Hickey, Voynov, Forbort, and Deslauriers. None of these guys is ready to step in and play the role that Mitchell does. It is Mitchell’s presence that allows young defensemen like Voynov, Martinez, Johnson and to some extent even Doughty to come in and play their game and make the mistakes that young defensemen always make. Mitchell is always there to cover-up, take the outlet pass or just calm things down. For the price the Kings are paying, he’s a hell of a deal in my opinion.
    I do agree that we have to open a spot for our younger defensemen. Otherwise, they are just dying on the vine. But I also think you need an environment to further foster their development and Mitchell helps in creating that environment. To me, I see Scuderi’s game dropping off more quickly than that of Mitchell’s and I would move Scuderi to open a spot for our young defensemen, rather than letting Mitchell go. I agree with X-Player in his assessment of Scuderi. He is the “anti-offensive” defenseman on the Kings. He just kills any sort of flow or possession game the Kings are trying to establish in the offensive zone and it drives me nuts whenever he gets the puck in the offensive zone. He is clearly afraid of making the pass to Doughty, as it might cause a turnover the other direction. So he just dumps the puck down the boards, because he’s also afraid to skate in a few strides to open a proper passing lane.

    Here’s how I’d move forward:
    Mitchell – Doughty
    Johnson – Voynov
    Martinez( or other AHL prospect) – Greene

    • And, with your line-up, you still have Drewiske on standby to fill in, or alternate with a yoiungster brought in (Muzzin, for example), or you can always sign a 2 mill or 1 mill guy over the summer if you still feel too thin on the blue line.

      I mean, we can’t score goals, so are we gonna trade an offensive-minded player? No, we have to dangle a solid D-man; it’s the onyl area we are good at, it’s the only area we might have a surplus at, Greene is slightly over paid and Mitchell is way better as a two-way guy than Scuderi. Scuderi even up for a 3 mill forward, Scuderi and Bernier for a 4.5 mill forward, and Scuderi, Bernier and a pick/prospect for a 5.5-6 mill guy.

      As for exactly who they go after, those terms could probably break loose some guys now thought un-movable; remember Brayden Schenn being “out of reach” until Mike Richards became available? What’s more, Scuderi might not be the sexiest trade bait, but he is worth his salary and all sorts of things can happen, such as injuries creating need for his type of skill-set.

  12. Mitchell plays a great 2-way game. Plays fairly physical. Arguably the best defender on the team. He’s a vet, but hardly ancient by today’s standards. And, he likes being here.

    …and i’m supposed to be convinced that resigning him is a bad thing? We have guys on the farm that have been unable to crack the line up. The stated goal was to develop from the back out and to utilize home grown talent. Did anybody really expect that, once our defensive roster positions were solidified, that we wouldn’t be using the remaining prospects as trade assets?

  13. One of the smartest things Lombardi has done, without overpaying or under valuing of an in house asset.

    I guess the rest of the guys are going to have to wait for Willie because he isn’t usually punctual.

  14. Not only an extension, but Mitchell should have a letter on his sweater. He is a true leader

  15. I’m happy to hear he’s getting an extension as well!

  16. Maybe I am drunk, but I actually think JT makes some good points in his comments to this article. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

    • Regularly scheduled programing sucks!
      damn game..Bi-polar Boys showed up..again..
      Shoot.
      GO KINGS GO!!!

    • Just the fact that you arfe questioning whether you’re drunk means you’re not really all that blasted… JT expresses some legit fears about Mitchell being a gamble, but at the same time he questions Lombardi for being afraid to take gambles on other players and in other ways. Mitchell is solid, unless he gets hurt. Some guys are not solid no matter whether they get hurt or not.

    • You must be drunk

  17. Player’s Mitchell’s age usually either get 1 year deals with a little more money, or if you give them the 2 year security you want, that means they have to take a slight reduction in annual average.

    I think something like 5.6 mil for two years would be fair. 2.8M cap hit per, maybe add in a limited no-trade clause for extra security. That’s still 2 million more than if he signed a 1 year deal for 3.5 mil but got injured.

  18. Players, not player’s.

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