It's not you, it's me.
That is the
"It was a little tough to take," Mitchell said in a telephone interview with The Times. "It's like one of those girlfriends you had before you got married who just kind of rejected you."
Kings General Manager
Mitchell wanted to try to win a third championship in four seasons.
"I wanted to stay," said Mitchell, who turned 37 in April. "I don't want to say the D-word …Maybe modern D, dynasty, right? If you win another, that's motivation.
"I get the business side of it too. It's probably better to go in a new direction to where they're excited to have you. I told him, it's not about what I want. It's about you guys wanting me. And if you don't want me, I don't want to be here."
To be sure, this wasn't said in a bitter way. Mitchell was philosophical about the situation and talked glowingly about his time in Los Angeles, winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in 2012 and the second in June. That came after he sat out the 2013
His next stop could be a former home — Minnesota. A new wrinkle in the collective bargaining agreement allowed discussion between unrestricted players and teams to begin last Wednesday. Previously, negotiations could not open until July 1.
It has made an already compressed time even more hectic for teams and players. Although he would prefer a two-year deal, Mitchell said that he would entertain a one-year agreement if the fit was right.
There has been interest from a number of teams, including informal talks with the
"A new situation is going to be really motivating for me, showing everybody what I can do. And what I think I can do and how I can help the team. Any time you leave a team, or you get left, you want to prove some people wrong. That's only human nature."
Before free agency could begin, the Kings secured defenseman
The Kings made qualifying offers to four restricted free agents, including winger
Likely to be on the move are former Buffalo and St. Louis goalie
The Ducks signed minor league goalie