One-Liners On A Thursday Night Which Feels Like A Friday Night

from Stan Fischler of The Fischler Report, * By far the most overlooked terrific move was Dale Tallon's nabbing of Willie Mitchell. My favorite unsung defenseman will be for the Panthers everything that Jovo was not. * Talk about survival you have to put John Scott at the top of the list. Talent is minimum, size is maximum and every year he lands a job. This time with...
Via Kukla's Korner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings free agency roundup

Many woke up to a flurry of NHL signings as the opening of free agency began Tuesday. Defenseman Willie Mitchell woke up to a view of the beach and soon learned that he would trade that beach for one in Florida.  The Kings aren't a team that is typically extremely active in free agency, but they did make a key acquisition in a minor league head coach. Here are all the highlights...
Via Fox Sports West
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Panthers sign Kings d-man Willie Mitchell

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Panthers got a little bit of everything Tuesday: Scoring, toughness, goaltending and someone whose fingerprints just happened to be on the Stanley Cup a couple weeks ago. At day's end, it was $60 million spent on about six players. And that might be a small price to pay if the franchise's fortunes wind up turning around. The Panthers wasted...
Via Fox Sports West
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kings have “no room” for Willie Mitchell

The Los Angeles Kings won’t be bringing back Willie Mitchell. The defenseman will head to free agency after the Kings reportedly said they have “no room” for him. Can confirm that Kings won't be re-signing Willie Mitchell: "Unfortunately, no room." Was a huge part of that team. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 26, 2014 Mitchell still has plenty to offer...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kings have “no room” for Willie Mitchell

The Los Angeles Kings won’t be bringing back Willie Mitchell. The defenseman will head to free agency after the Kings reportedly said they have “no room” for him. Can confirm that Kings won't be re-signing Willie Mitchell: "Unfortunately, no room." Was a huge part of that team. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 26, 2014 Mitchell still has plenty to offer...
Via Puck Drunk Love
26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Colorado Avalanche May Be Targeting A Defenseman

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Defense is an area where the Avs might try to do the most shopping. Roy used the newly crowned champion Los Angeles Kings as a template for what he hopes to have for a "top six" on defense. Roy said the Kings had strong top-three defensemen in Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov and Alec Martinez, with good complementary role players as...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings offseason by position: Defensemen

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Despite the fact that Willie Mitchell was wearing a T-shirt that read "Surf Canada" during exit interviews this week, the veteran defenseman was very much willing to talk about his desire to remain with the Los Angeles Kings next season.  Mitchell is one of three L.A. blue liners that will become an unrestricted free agent in the impending weeks....
Via Fox Sports West
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings, Lord Stanley visit Dodger Stadium

LOS ANGELES -- Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell tells the story of his first experience with the Stanley Cup. Mitchell took the Cup with him on a fishing trip. He noticed a man nearby looking intensely at the Cup. "I just wanted to make his day and I pulled over and said 'Hey, do you want a picture with this thing?' " Mitchell recalled.   The reaction was one Mitchell...
Via Fox Sports West
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Sutter on Kings' slow starts during playoffs: What does 'start' mean?

LOS ANGELES -- Darryl Sutter wants to know, what constitutes a "good start"? The Kings head coach has been asked time and time again in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs why his team starts off so slow. So far in the Stanley Cup Final, Los Angeles has looked tired in the first period of Game 1, unengaged in the first period of Game 2 and listless in the first period of Game...
Via Fox Sports West
June 13, 2014  |  Discuss

After A Severe Concussion And Knee Surgery, Willie Mitchell Is Back In The Game

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, “I couldn’t focus on you to answer a question,” said Mitchell earlier this week, on the concussion that sidelined him for almost eight months in the 2009-10 season. “You know? It just hurt. And probably for me, at the time I was in Vancouver, and the team was in the playoffs on that run, and you feel like you could help, and you...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' Willie Mitchell: Injuries put life in perspective

LOS ANGELES -- Before the Los Angeles Kings' first game of the 2013-14 NHL season, the last time Willie Mitchell had been on any ice at all he was hoisting the Stanley Cup. And then... Nothing. One of the toughest defensemen in the game, he suffered from concussions and now says he lost nearly a year of his life being plagued by the residual effects. When the concussions didn...
Via Fox Sports West
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings' Mitchell happy to be back and contributing

It will be one year ago Sunday since the Chicago Blackhawks eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in the 2013 Western Conference Final. For most of the Kings, that was the low point of what has been an incredible three-year run. For Willie Mitchell, it was something different. It was the end of a lost season, one in which Mitchell did not play a single...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Stanley Cup Finals: Comeback Kings Strike Again in Double Overtime

The comeback Kings strike again in double overtime. The New York Rangers blew not 1, not 2, but 2 two-goal leads in game two of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Rangers had a 2-0 lead, a 3-1 lead, and a 4-2 lead. Each time, the Kings came firing back and eventually forced overtime. After a scoreless first overtime, Dustin Brown deflected in a Willie Mitchell shot from the point 10:26...
Via Standing O Sports
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Another OT loss puts Rangers in 2-0 hole

For the second straight game, the LA Kings never held a lead, but still managed to win in double overtime, giving them a 2-0 series lead over the Rangers in the Stanley Cup Final. Dustin Brown deflected a Willie Mitchell shot from the point through Henrik Lundqvist to send the series to New York with […]
Via Blue Seat Blogs
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings outlast Rangers 5-4 in double OT

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 5-4 after second overtime on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven NHL Stanley Cup series. Kings captain Dustin Brown redirected Willie Mitchell's shot 10:26 into the second added period to complete another rally from a two-goal deficit, just as they did in the opening game of the series. The hosts...
Via Fox Sports West
June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings master the rope-a-dope again, win 5-4 in double OT

That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings: 'Definitely lost some hair' over Game 1 win vs. Rangers

LOS ANGELES -- Cardiac Kings, Comeback Kings - the Los Angeles Kings have earned a few affectionate nicknames during their 2014 Stanley Cup playoff run. Those aren't going away anytime soon. For the second time in as many games, the Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to tie the game. The last one was Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. This one - the first opening round game...
Via Fox Sports West
June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Williams’ Game Face Could Not Be Broken By Willie Mitchell Rubbing His Stick

Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams has been known around the NHL for his impressive track record in playoff Game 7′s, and for good reason. Heading into Sunday’s series finale against the Chicago Blackhawks, Williams was 6-0 in six career Game 7′s with six goals and six assists. Williams definitely brought focus and intensity to his seventh Game 7 as well, as evidenced...
Via Next Impulse Sports
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Darryl Sutter Knows What He Is Doing

from Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News, Darryl Sutter is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get. Except for postseason success, Sutter is a mystery worth trying to solve. Sutter has the Kings leading Chicago 2-1 in the Western Conference Finals with Game 4 today at Staples Center. The Kings are two wins away from the Stanley Cup Finals...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Blackhawks Robbed Of Goal When Puck Inexplicably Changes Direction (GIF)

The most fascinating goal of Wednesday night’s Chicago Blackhawks-Los Angeles Kings Western Conference final matchup was actually not even a goal. During the first period of Game 2, the Blackhawks were denied more so by physics than Jonathan Quick. Peter Regin was primed to give Chicago a 1-0 lead when he was looking at an open net following a scramble near the crease. As Patrick...
Via NESN.com
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings’ Tyler Toffoli Makes Save Of The Playoffs

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane threw a good shot on net that caused Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick to pop the puck up in the air. Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell cross-checked Peter Regin into the net and Regin hit the puck, while Kings forward Tyler Toffoli simultaneously knocked the puck out of the air. […] The post Kings’ Tyler Toffoli Makes Save Of The...
Via Diehardsport
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell relishes postseason opportunity

CHICAGO -- Darryl Sutter took a page from Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau's book this week when he inserted defenseman Willie Mitchell into Game 1 of the Western Conference finals as a surprise game-time decision. The Kings' veteran D-man hadn't played since April 28 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sharks. Mitchell was day-to-day with a lower...
Via Fox Sports West
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Kings not panicking after Game 1 loss

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Kings have been here before. They haven't won an opening game of a postseason series yet. But down 3-0 and down 3-2, in their last two postseason series, they came back each time.  Now, the Kings find themselves in a 1-0 series deficit after dropping the opening game of the Western Conference Finals to the Blackhawks, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the United...
Via Fox Sports West
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Willie Mitchell returns in Game 1 for L.A.

The Los Angeles Kings got a bit of help for Game 1 against the Chicago Blackhawks. Defenseman Willie Mitchell took warm-ups and dressed for the first time since Game 6 of the first round against the San Jose Sharks. Mitchell missed time with a muscle injury and is paired up with Alec Martinez on the blue line. With Mitchell back in, Matt Greene was scratched to make room for him...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Hockey Hilarity: Kings Obviously Wizards

Image c/o GeekTyrant Friday funnies brought to you straight from hockey’s own players, media personnel, and broadcast botches. We’ll be mucking it up every week right here, examining puck ups, puns, tweets, and more! Earlier this week, before the Los Angeles Kings made history by becoming just the fourth team in NHL history to overcome a 3-0 deficit in the series, this particular...
Via Flyerdelphia
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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