Kings GM Dean Lombardi on the future of Willie Mitchell

Mitchell Stanley Cup MayorsManor Kings
Last hour we posted the first half of an interview with Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who was on Sportsnet Radio (Fan 590) in Toronto earlier today. In that article he shared thoughts about the Dustin Brown suspension and provided an early outlook heading into next week’s playoffs. Now, for the conclusion, here’s what he had to say about the situation surrounding injured defenseman Willie Mitchell..

– On if he had any idea Mitchell would be out the whole season: “No. Quite frankly, this was basically just a meniscus, which are a dime-a-dozen now in sports. I don’t know. I’ve had so many discussions with doctors, just like Grey’s Anatomy here or something, but bottom line is…Part of it is the way he’s a little bit knock-kneed and the stress that puts on it combined with wear and tear, and then the meniscus. It doesn’t look good, you know? He tried twice. It reached a mark where he could push it, and then every time he pushed it, it was serious problems. So, the knee’s probably – like I say, hockey people can appreciate this guy, he’s probably one of the most underrated players in the league. He’s got a stick – the length and range on this guy defensively, his angles, he’s an absolute clinic out there. He’s probably one of the best penalty killers in the league.”

– On if Mitchell’s injury is career threatening: “It’s possible. It’s always a tough decision for athletes. You know, you have Kobe Bryant, who was playing bone-on-bone. But this could be serious repercussions on his normal life down the road. So that’s the hard thing for a player. Could he push it, maybe? And play through the swelling and everything for a year or two? Yeah. But with that said, he might have to go the rest of his life walking with a limp. And that’s a very difficult call for an athlete.”

If you missed part one of the interview, see the link below in the ‘Related Content’ section.

Also, earlier this month, Lombardi talked in greater detail about Mitchell’s injury in an article here. Meanwhile, our exclusive interview with Mitchell from a few weeks prior can also be found here – he talks about the emotions of not playing this season.

RELATED CONTENT: Lombardi on the Dustin Brown suspension and 2013 playoff outlook

Note to webmasters/reporters: When recapping news or interviews from this site please include a link to www.MayorsManor.com

Recent Articles

Game 3 Kings Kopitar NHL playoffs 2014

Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Radio: Kopitar Extension, Richards Situation, Voynov Status

Follow @mayorNHL
//
Enjoy a free replay of this week’s Mayor’s Minutes on NHL Network Radio. John Hoven joined host Jim ‘Boomer’ Gordon to talk about several topics, most notably: Jarret Stoll signing with the New York Rangers, Mike Richards’ contract status, and the likely future of Slava Voynov (which was also explained in greater detail […]

Sirius XM NHL Network

FREE REPLAY: Hoven on NHL Radio – Kings, Sharks, Stars, and Blues

John Hoven joined host Jonathan Davis for this week’s edition of the 2 Man Advantage on NHL Network radio, where they took a lap around the Western Conference to check on a few teams. “The Mayor” reviewed which five Kings prospects have a shot at making the team at forward and also discussed Derek Forbort’s […]

King Dwight Kings NHL hockey

LA Kings 2015-16 Projected Lineup and Salary Cap Review

Twitter isn’t for everybody, we know. And not everybody gets a chance to listen to the various radio spots we post here on MayorsManor. Thus, as a friendly service, let’s look at the Kings projected roster for next season – since that seems to be one of the most popular questions we’ve received as of […]

Major News Items

Forbort AHL Burger King

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News

Comments

  1. Brandon Tosch says:

    :(

  2. Oh Mitchie. :( How we miss thee! I hope he’s better enough to return next season for another Cup run

  3. JOCELYN Z says:

    Willie wears his heart on his s… stick. We all see that. He loves the game and everything about it. That is a very hard thing to walk away from so I can understand the internal pain he is going through about making decisions. Whatever it will be – whether he plays again or not, I sincerely hope the Kings Organization does him right. And although we all hate for this to happen: If he chooses not play again and retire, I would love for him to retire as a KING for sure and that includes his number. HE IS A WARRIOR. And always a KING to us all.