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Willie Mitchell still isn’t healthy, won’t make three-game road trip with team

Feb 16, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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Willie Mitchell‘s awkward injury saga with the Kings continues to roll along.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports there’s no update in Mitchell’s status and he won’t be traveling with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip.

Mitchell’s absence in the Kings lineup has been missed and only enhanced given other injuries to guys like Alec Martinez and Matt Greene. It’s also been a source of contention and hilarious quotes for coach Darryl Sutter as well.

The coach piled on the other day, as Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider shared, telling reporters: “Willie Mitchell, I have no update. The only thing I can tell you is historically he’s a player that’s missed significant periods of time in his career, and it appears that he’s historically doing that again.”

If he’d like to avoid continuing to be the butt of jokes, Mitchell may want to be healthy by the time the team returns from their swing through Chicago, Edmonton, and Calgary.

  1. manchestermiracle - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Right, because “being healthy” is obviously a choice. Sheesh. I don’t know what’s wrong with Mitchell, but Sutter’s take isn’t funny, it’s just sad. Is he trying to motivate Mitchell? Then one would have to assume Sutter knows Mitchell isn’t hurt, just malingering. And if Sutter doesn’t know what’s wrong with Mitchell either, Sutter is just being a jerk. All that being said, Sutter’s the best thing that has happened to the Kings. If anyone can get these guys out of their SC championship funk it’s him.

  2. kingsforever - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    If he doesn’t play at all this season then In the summer they should get a third party doctor in to evaluate Mitchell. If he finds him healthy too then the Kings can opt out of the last year of his contract with no cap hit. A lot better than buying him out.

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