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That hit though, was just because he was just coming out of the penalty box, 99% of the times the D is behind that.. yeah it was a beauty but Toews probably wasn't aware that Mitchell just got back on the ice.

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Saw this on Rotoworld:

Willie Mitchell (concussion) has been medically cleared to participate in physical testing.

This is good news for Mitchell as he is currently an unrestricted free agent looking for a job. He has been sidelined since Jan. 16 and since he spent 100 days on the injured reserved list last season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that he has the right to sign a one-year, bonus-laden contract in the salary range of $1-1.5 million per season. That could make him a more attractive free agent option for any team willing to take the risk to sign him.

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With Mitchell signing 2yrs with LA and Lids possibly done after this season and both Johnson and Doughty FA, ill defintly have my fingers crossed that LA screwed themselves out of one of these young guys

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Saw this on Rotoworld:

Willie Mitchell (concussion) has been medically cleared to participate in physical testing.

This is good news for Mitchell as he is currently an unrestricted free agent looking for a job. He has been sidelined since Jan. 16 and since he spent 100 days on the injured reserved list last season, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that he has the right to sign a one-year, bonus-laden contract in the salary range of $1-1.5 million per season. That could make him a more attractive free agent option for any team willing to take the risk to sign him.

Mitchell signed with LA today - 2 years - 7 mil

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Mitchell signed with LA today - 2 years - 7 mil

For a guy that's questionable, coming off a season that was cut short by concussions, $3.5 Million per year is wicked overpayment. Sure, he's a solid shut-down defenseman, when healthy, but that's the question right there, will he be healthy. Not the wisest move by the Kings, in my opinion. If they would've gave him a $1.5 Million per year contract, that would've been more reasonable. That's just me, though.

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I happen to think that LA could carry the division. Their defense just got rounded back out after the Quincey trade. They have alot of power back there and with the right system they will be hard to play against.

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I happen to think that LA could carry the division. Their defense just got rounded back out after the Quincey trade. They have alot of power back there and with the right system they will be hard to play against.

Their defense will be stellar, but will their offense be able to carry them? I believe they will round out their bottom 6 by signing a tough guy, especially after Raitis Ivanans signed with Calgary.

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For a guy that's questionable, coming off a season that was cut short by concussions, $3.5 Million per year is wicked overpayment. Sure, he's a solid shut-down defenseman, when healthy, but that's the question right there, will he be healthy. Not the wisest move by the Kings, in my opinion. If they would've gave him a $1.5 Million per year contract, that would've been more reasonable. That's just me, though.

My understanding is that LA had the money to spend so they spent it. There's also really no other defencemen of Mitchell's calibre available. Couple years ago the Canucks had money to spend and they brought in Sundin. Sure it was an overpayment but they had an owner who would rather spend the money than keep it in the bank and get nothing. Both teams identified a need and had the money to address it. LA obviously felt the need more than anyone else.

However, I also just heard on local radio that Mike Gillis only offered Mitchell a one year deal - amount unknown. Speculation has been that he feels there are too many question marks surrounding Mitchell's concussion issue which certainly makes sense in light of what we know now. LA has rolled the dice and they haven't stopped bouncing yet.

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My understanding is that LA had the money to spend so they spent it. There's also really no other defencemen of Mitchell's calibre available. Couple years ago the Canucks had money to spend and they brought in Sundin. Sure it was an overpayment but they had an owner who would rather spend the money than keep it in the bank and get nothing. Both teams identified a need and had the money to address it. LA obviously felt the need more than anyone else.

However, I also just heard on local radio that Mike Gillis only offered Mitchell a one year deal - amount unknown. Speculation has been that he feels there are too many question marks surrounding Mitchell's concussion issue which certainly makes sense in light of what we know now. LA has rolled the dice and they haven't stopped bouncing yet.

Yea but, Sundin was worth every penny because people came out to see him play, After all of the Hoopla over who would get Sundin, I'll bet that Vancouver increased their ticket sales by signing him.

Willie Mitchell won't have that effect. I don't think that Mitchell is an "investment" so it makes no sense to overpay him.

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Yea but, Sundin was worth every penny because people came out to see him play, After all of the Hoopla over who would get Sundin, I'll bet that Vancouver increased their ticket sales by signing him.

Willie Mitchell won't have that effect. I don't think that Mitchell is an "investment" so it makes no sense to overpay him.

The only way they would have been able to increase ticket sales would have been to increase the actual price of tickets and I don't believe they did with any relation to Sundin. The Canucks have a sellout streak going back to 2002.

http://thesportmarket.blogspot.com/2010/04/canucks-home-sellout-streak-makes-its.html

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For a guy that's questionable, coming off a season that was cut short by concussions, $3.5 Million per year is wicked overpayment. Sure, he's a solid shut-down defenseman, when healthy, but that's the question right there, will he be healthy. Not the wisest move by the Kings, in my opinion. If they would've gave him a $1.5 Million per year contract, that would've been more reasonable. That's just me, though.

The term is curious also, given that they'll need to commit money to Doughty and Johnson starting next year, and already have Scuderi and Greene inked to significant contracts past the next season.

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