Willie Mitchell D FLA 2 Months

Mitchell scored the first goal of the game Saturday against the Flyers.

The 37-year old captain has already matched last seasons goal totals with one. He also had two PIMs, two shots, three hits, and two blocked shots in 25:45 of ice time. Mitchell did only see 12 seconds of power play time so don't expect the goal scoring to continue.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 3 Months

Mitchell led the Panthers with 25:35 of ice time in Thursday's overtime loss to the Lightning.

With one shot on goal and a lone hit and block to his name, Mitchell certainly didn't make the most of his minutes, but the fact that he merely received them speaks to how heavily the Panthers plan on leaning on him this season. He's unlikely to generate much fantasy appeal as a non-entity on the power-play, but his toughness and leadership should prove beneficial for up-and-coming blueliners Aaron Ekblad, Dmitry Kulikov, Dylan Olsen and Erik Gudbranson.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 6 Months

The Florida Panthers have signed Willie Mitchell.

It's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. Mitchell doesn't do enough offensively to make him noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a top-four defenseman that will bring a wealth of playoff experience to the Florida Panthers.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 6 Months

Willie Mitchell will officially end his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Mitchell is becoming an unrestricted free agent because the Kings determined that they didn't have enough room left in their budget for him. "It was a little tough to take," Mitchell said. "It's like one of those girlfriends you had before you got married who just kind of rejected you." Mitchell did want to stay to try and win a third championship in four years and further the talk of the Kings becoming a modern dynasty. Instead he'll take his experience to another team.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 6 Months

Willie Mitchell won't be back with the Los Angeles Kings next season.

The 37-year-old rearguard will test the market as an unrestricted free agent next week. The Kings have six defensemen who are signed for at least the 2014-15 campaign, with Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez and Matt Greene patrolling the back end. Mitchell is also seeking a two-year deal, which Los Angeles couldn't accommodate.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 6 Months

Willie Mitchell, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to extend his career.

Mitchell missed the 2013 campaign, so he's won the Stanley Cup in each of the last two seasons he's participated in. It might be tempted to retire at the age of 37 on that note, but that's not what he's interested in doing. Mitchell isn't sure if he'll end up re-signing with the Kings though as the team might decide to go in a different direction.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 7 Months

Getting off to a strong start will be important for the Los Angeles Kings in Game 4 on Wednesday.

Although the Kings have already demonstrated that they can overcome a deficit against the New York Rangers, they want to take the Rangers out of this game early. "You don't want to give them any confidence whatsoever," Willie Mitchell said. The Kings are one win away from capturing the Stanley Cup.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 7 Months

The King have been thankful to have Willie Mitchell back in the fold, especially come playoff time, after he missed the entire lockout-shortened season because of two knee surgeries.

"We missed him last year, him being out," Kings captain Dustin Brown said. "It changed the dynamic of the back end. Where I think he makes a very big difference, obviously, is his defensive coverage, [on the penalty kill]. He's very hard to play against down low. You know, [Saturday] you get an added bonus with him making a difference on the offensive side of the puck. His bread and butter is down low and PK." He also chipped in offensively in Game 2 against New York with a goal and an assist. Mitchell is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the year. If this is his last season with Los Angeles then you know he'd like to end it with a Stanley Cup.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 7 Months

Willie Mitchell scored his first goal of this postseason in the Kings' 5-4 double-overtime win against the Rangers in Game 2.

Mitchell drilled a shot at 14:39 of the second period to cut the New York lead to 3-2. Seconds later, Mitchell mishandled a puck from Jonathan Quick behind the net, directly leading to a Rangers goal. The veteran then launched another shot in the second overtime that was redirected past Henrik Lundqvist by Dustin Brown. Mitchell played 34:14, and he now has as many goals in the postseason as he tallied all regular season.

Willie Mitchell D FLA 7 Months

Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell was what TSN analyst Scott Cullen described as "a possession beast" in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final last Wednesday and Los Angeles coaches hope he'll do more of the same tonight, when the team faces off against the New York Rangers for Game 2.

Mitchell was on for 25 5-on-5 shot attempts for and 10 against (71.4%) Wednesday night, while the Kings only had 42.9% of the 5-on-5 shots when Mitchell was off the ice. In score close situations, the Kings earned 55.4% of unblocked even-strength shots on goal. Mitchell had five shots on goal, for the first in a game since time since January, 2012.