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Kings expect d-man Mitchell at camp

Sep 4, 2013, 3:04 PM EDT

Willie Mitchell #33 of the Los Angeles Kings skates against the New Jersey Devils during Game Five of the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.
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The Los Angeles Kings are expecting defenseman Willie Mitchell to be ready for the opening of next week’s training camp, according to Helene Elliott of the L.A. Times.

Mitchell missed the entire 2013 season with a knee injury, and he, in turn, was missed by the Kings. (We explored his importance to the team here.)

However, it should be noted that Mitchell and the Kings haven’t always been on the same page when it’s come to this particular injury, so it will be interesting to see if the 36-year-old is indeed ready and willing to play hockey again. And if he is, can he stay healthy?

  1. bauxjangles - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Willie Mitchell has quite a ways to go before actually living up to expectations. Just showing up to camp doesn’t really cut it. He was expected to play when the doctors gave him a clean bill of health last year. Now that we lost Scuderi, he is expected to step up. Guess we will see.

  2. blomfeld - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM


    As an ardent & values-driven supporter of the ‘proven winners’ since 1973, my hope is that Willie now takes a bow and exits the stage with his head held high. He is a ‘good’ man and his service for our cause will never be forgotten. Take care friend …

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