Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future


In a bit of a change from several recent answers, Kings GM Dean Lombardi was speaking more positively when asked about the future of Willie Mitchell during today’s conference call. Take a look…

“That’s added to the dilemma, right?” Lombardi said, referring to Mitchell’s $3.5 million contract that would be ‘freed up cap space’ should he go on long-term injured reserve. “On the one hand, this is the first time in the last couple weeks where everything has been positive on Willie, in terms of his progress. But, it kind of circles around out there because…the hard part is it’s hard enough making decisions when you have all the facts. In this case, and in so many of these cases, we’re making decisions based upon assumptions we MIGHT think will be facts two months from now. This job is hard enough when you have all the facts and lord knows you guys remind us when we mess up. Now we have to make some of these decisions on assumptions that might or might not be the case. And that’s just the way it is with Willie. We all know how good a player this guy is, how instrumental he is, his fit with his partner (Slava) Voynov. And now all the indications are positive in terms of his health. Now, that could change tomorrow. I can’t give you a definitive answer, it’s a moving target. But, every time we do something now we have to put that off to the side and say ‘OK, if we give this player this, and bring this player here, and if Willie comes back this is what happens, if he doesn’t come back this happens. Again, all I can say is it’s definitely a consideration every time we make a decision here right now and it’s not easy.”

Of course, Mitchell’s availability to play will likely have a huge impact on the team’s ability to sign Rob Scuderi – something Lombardi also spoke about on the call (see comments linked below).

RELATED CONTENT:

Lombardi’s latest update on Willie Mitchell

EXCLUSIVE: Willie Mitchell on the emotions of not playing

Lombardi on potential new contracts for Scuderi and Penner

Update on Bud Holloway talks from Kings GM Dean Lombardi

Bernier trade completed, first notes on Frattin and Scrivens

EXCLUSIVE: Bernier opens up about his trade request and heading to Germany

Hey Bernier, what’s up with that mask you were wearing?

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

Recent Articles

Richards Kings Feb2013

The Mayor on NHL Radio with latest Kings news

Follow @mayorNHL Here is a free replay of the “The Mayor” John Hoven talking LA Kings on Top Shelf with Jimmy Murphy this week. During the spot on NHL Network Radio, they discussed GM Dean Lombardi’s status in the NHL, Anze Kopitar, Marian Gaborik, Tyler Toffoli, Mike Richards, Brayden McNabb, Andy Andreoff, Darryl Sutter, and much [...]

Berube Kings mask 2013

Details on new contract for Kings goaltender JF Berube

Fresh on the heels of new contracts for a pair of key prospects yesterday, defenseman Brayden McNabb and forward Andy Andreoff (full details here), the Kings have now inked goaltender J.F. Berube to a two-year deal. It’s a nice birthday present for the native of Repentigny, Quebec, who just celebrated his 23rd birthday a few [...]

Andreoff Kings Top Prospects 2013 MayorsManor

Details on new contracts for Andreoff and McNabb

Two names that most Kings fans probably aren’t that familiar with yet – but will be shortly – inked new deals with the club today. If you’ve been following along closely over the last six months, you’ll easily recall that MayorsManor has reported on numerous occasions that one of GM Dean Lombardi’s top priorities in [...]

Recent Videos

Slash

VIDEO: Slash performs National Anthem for Game 3

No Pia Toscano? No problem. Legendary guitarist Slash - of Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver, and Slash's Snakepit - performed the National Anthem at Staples Center prior to Game 3 of the Western Conference Final between … [Read More...]

Watch Other Recent Videos

Comments

  1. Mitchell is crucial to the Kings post season, in my opinion. Hope he makes a full recovery.

  2. mythreekings says:

    I’ve been trying to track down the official (legal) rules for amnesty buyouts. Any chance the Kings could buyout Mitchell, but then re-sign him at 1M? If that’s legal, Mitchel would get paid his 3.5M for the buyout, the Kings would free up that much in cap space, and then if he’s ready to go come training camp, could then be signed for a modest cap hit (seeing how’s he already got paid for the season). Possible?

    • John Hoven says:

      Not legal, not possible. Check capgeek.com for more info on buyout rules.

      In a nutshell, the Kings have three options with Mitchell – play him, trade him or put him on long-term IR. If he’s hurt, they can NOT buy him out. If he’s healthy, sure they could buy him out – but not to re-sign him at a lower rate.

      They love Mitchell too. So, bottom line – if he’s healthy, he’s playing for the LA Kings.

Trackbacks

  1. [...] Lombardi talks more positively on Willie Mitchell’s future [...]

  2. [...] Lombardi talks more positively on Willie Mitchell’s future [...]

  3. [...] Lombardi talks more positively on Willie Mitchell’s future [...]

  4. [...] The two biggest questions at the moment surround forward Dustin Penner and defenseman Rob Scuderi – situations that also tie back to Willie Mitchell’s health and future. [...]

  5. [...] Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future [...]

  6. [...] Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future [...]

  7. [...] front, Mitchell’s status has more recently been referred to as encouraging – see here for Lombardi’s comments from just a few weeks [...]

  8. [...] Lombardi talks more positively about Willie Mitchell’s future [...]