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Kings won’t re-sign Willie Mitchell

Jun 27, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

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The Los Angeles Kings decided against buying out Mike Richards, they signed Marian Gaborik to a seven-year deal and locked up Matt Greene.

All those moves were made in the interest of keeping the Kings’ Stanley Cup-winning team intact, but their cap situation would only allow for them to go so far. It looks like 37-year-old defenseman Willie Mitchell will be the odd man out as the team doesn’t feel they have the space left to sign him, per LA Kings Insider.

The Kings are close to the ceiling, but that likely wasn’t the only consideration. They already have six blueliners signed to one-way contracts now that Matt Greene is under contract and that doesn’t include restricted free agent Brayden McNabb, who might start the season with the team.

It’s also believed that Mitchell wants a two-year deal, which might have made the Kings nervous given his age. It would have also complicated matters next summer as Kyle Clifford, Tanner Pearson, and Tyler Toffoli will all need to be re-signed at that point.

  1. bluesrawesome - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Come to STL. 2 years 3.5 million per year.

    • topshelf37 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Pretty cool you have the authority to offer that. I just so happen to have the authority to accept on his behalf so guess that means he’s a Blue now. Or is it Blues now? Blues’s? Blues’? If he were green he would die.

      • shamu1the1whale - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:11 AM

        this convo made me chuckle. you guys are awesome! ;)

  2. wayoffpiste - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Can’t wait to get you back in Minny!

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Gotta admire the increased passion of Wild fans lately. Every single player that comes up for free agency gets some variation of “he’s coming to Minny!” You guys may have taken over for leafs fans with the frequency you state this about free agents.

      • fightingwild - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:31 PM

        Actually Mike Russo, Maybe you have heard of him? Beat writer for the Wild, Made man in the hockey world, has stated the wild are pursuing him if Clayton Stoner moves on. Said Mitchel is interested since he played for the Wild many years ago. Please do not compare us to leaf fans or even worse Habs fans. We are passionate about our team though.

      • wayoffpiste - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        Fightingwild is right.

      • purpleguy - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        His agent has actually told the Wild he’d like to sign here, because he played here before and the old Wild regime that dumped him is gone. With Stoner exploring the market because the Wild won’t give him a long term deal, Mitchell’s 1-2 year deal is an ideal fit. The clamor about Mitchell is completely legit, so don’t throw the “Leaf’s fan” label on us for this one.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        Guys, that wasn’t a criticism. Minny fans really are that passionate and it really is something to admire. They were that way when the team wasn’t doing great and they’ve amped it up since the team started to improve. It sure beats teams that have a predominately apathetic fan base.

        It’s just that every potential free agent blog post gets at least one Wild fan saying that player should go to Minny. You have to at least admit that much.

  3. ntvd7 - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    He’ll find a job in no time

    Dude is a warrior

  4. inamfarzad - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    This might sound crazy to you guys but he is the type of guy the leafs need and no doubt, I believe they will be one of the few teams interested in his services.

  5. areaman714 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Don’t tell me. He’d look good in a Sabres uniform.

    • barkar942 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      No. After everyone else in the league passes on him, the Islanders will sign him to a 7 year, $35 million deal! He’ll then play three games and reinjure his hurt pride and never play again.

    • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 28, 2014 at 7:59 AM

      Oh Hell no. Last thing we need is another old defenseman. This is a young team with lots of growing pains still to come. They don’t need someone who will likely be done about the time they are good.
      Besides, they are pretty well set at defense. They need scoring (doesn’t everybody?) forwards.

  6. patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Thanks for the play and for the Cups, Willie!!! This Kings’ fan will miss you!! Good luck in the future!

  7. nightfireop - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    If anything I thought we were going to jettison Greene and keep Mitchell. Never occured to me that Mitchell was going to be the odd-man out. As much as I really want to disagree with this, Lombardi knows the big picture and I’m sure this will be for the best of both parties. With that being said, I’m so glad that Mitchell won his 2 Cups with the Kings and I wish him the best, even if it means he calls it a career.

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Yes, I thought so, too, re: Greene. Sutter made him a healthy scratch many times this past season. I thought he was a goner, especially after Sutter said, ” That’s too bad. I’m not into feeling sorry for guys because they’ve been around a long time. I’m into how they play. Very simple. They either accept it or they don’t.” This, after Greene’s play pretty much sucked on one of the Kings’ road trips.

      Greene did pick up his play in the Playoffs and Finals. I guess that means he redeemed himself.

  8. rebekah319 - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    I’m a wild fan and I do not like it when people say that its super annoying.. and stop saying Minny ( it gets on my nerves) I was good with being under the radar not happening anymore which I now let out a huge sigh

    • patthehockeyfan - Jun 27, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Take another deep breath.

  9. aldog83 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Thank you Willie Mitchell.

    Signed

    ALL KINGS FANS.

  10. barkar942 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    BLOMFELD
    “Well, we all know that even the greatest of the grandest of the elitist of highest on the pedestal of hockey players like my man Willie have to move on out to pasture someday. I am forever indebted to you for allowing me to hold your jock strap,and your name on the Stanley Cup will forever allow me to rant and rave like a friggin lunatic that no one understands and come up with meaningless videos to post here to confuse the masses even more than I do here at the special needs hotel that I reside in!
    Best defensemen:
    1. Willie Mitchell
    2. Drew Doughty
    3.Slava Voynov
    4. Mike Quick

    838. Bobby Orr
    839. Insert any Ranger defenseman here.
    840. Alex Ovechkin
    841. Henrik Lundqvist

    SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER, WILLIE!”

    • barkar942 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      Sorry, Blom. You weren’t here so I had to post for you!

      • blomfeld - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM

        *** earlier this evening at a quiet bar in Vancouver BC ***

        Gai Lan: is this the jerk who called me a vegetable the other day ?

        Blomfeld: no baby, take it easy … this guy is called Barkar and I believe he means well …

        Gai Lan: okay Blommy pooh, whatever you say … tee hee hee :)

        __________________________________________________

        FREE WILLIE !!!

        the bottom line friends is that it’s probably time to ‘finally’ let Mitchell go … and while he’s been an ‘invaluable’ component of our glorious enterprise thus far, there still comes a time when we sadly have to say ‘good-bye’ to certain comrades, as much as that may hurt … so thank you for your service Willie and God speed friend … comrade Blomfeld / President & CEO of the ‘British Columbia’ LA Kings Fan Club

      • barkar942 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Hey Blom- ya gotta admit-my post for you was pretty close! LOLOL!

  11. sizzle299 - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    He’ll be a Flyer by the time the sun rises tomorrow.

    • fightingwild - Jun 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      I don’t see how since free agency doesn’t start until Tuesday. If he is a flyer by tomorrow that is tampering & Gary no like tampering….

      • sizzle299 - Jun 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        an expression, but point taken. Flyer none the less.

  12. joejacks - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    Avs!

  13. Gigagigagilgamesh - Jun 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Thanks Willie

  14. bcisleman - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Might be a good add for the Isles. They need vet leadership on the blueline.

  15. rsmaggiemae - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    I live in Minny and I dont know if I want a 37 year old D man for 1-2 years and I know that Stoner may not return, and they need a big D man, but I still have hopes that Niskanen will come back home… why spend the money on Mitchell if you can get a 27 year old right handed shot in Niskannen

    • shamu1the1whale - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:18 AM

      Stoner. What a great last name! I kinda wish that were my last name too!

      • mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:04 AM

        I was wondering if anyone else noticed that. You get a big time thumbs up for that one.

  16. stevemackenzie58 - Jun 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Yes. Thank you, Willie Mitchell. You were a huge contributor to the success of the Kings. You definitely earned your 2 Stanley Cups. Good luck to you.

  17. iwanttoholdyourbigknockers - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    With great gratitude…….THANK YOU WILLIE!!!!

    That said, both Greene and Mitchell had their issues with injuries and both came roaring back like warriors. The more delicate of the two you sign for 4 years and let the other one walk? Age is an issue? You say this the same week you sign Gabo to a 7 year $34 million deal that takes him into his early 40’s?? I would have given Gabo 5 years and reupped Mitchell for 2 more.

    And this McNabb guy, never even seen him play. I would play Jeff Schulz over McNabb. At least Schulz played during the cup run. But ok, the Kings should have depth at the blue line. Regehr is going to be the odd man out next year…..not because of skill…..because of age. Right Deano?

  18. iwanttoholdyourbigknockers - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    With great gratitude…….THANK YOU WILLIE!!!!

    That said, both Greene and Mitchell had their issues with injuries and both came roaring back like warriors. The more delicate of the two you sign for 4 years and let the other one walk? Age is an issue? You say this the same week you sign Gabo to a 7 year $34 million deal that takes him into his early 40’s?? I would have given Gabo 5 years and reupped Mitchell for 2 more cause he can still bring it.

    And this McNabb guy, never even seen him play. I would play Jeff Schulz over McNabb. At least Schulz played during the cup run. But ok, the Kings should have depth at the blue line. Regehr is going to be the odd man out next year…..not because of skill…..because of age. Right Deano?

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