Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of a knee injury and needed a second procedure to correct problems related to his first surgery, said Sunday hes ready to go full speed ahead when training camp begins this week.
No tiptoeing into this. Ive been scrimmaging with the guys, practicing, doing everything full steam and business as usual, Mitchell said Sunday during the clubs Fan Fest event at Staples Center.
Players are scheduled to report to the teams El Segundo practice facility for physicals on Wednesday and take to the ice on Thursday. Mitchell said that the physical exam will be his final hurdle but that he expects to be cleared to return to the ice and plans to play without a brace.
Losing Mitchells physical presence last season was a blow to the Kings, though they compensated well by acquiring Robyn Regehr from Buffalo. However, the departure of Rob Scuderi via free agency in July left another huge hole that could be ably filled by the ret...