Will the wit, wisdom and considerable penalty-killing skills of defenseman
The 37-year-old has won the
Mitchell will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He undoubtedly would be looking for more than a one-year deal, yet teams are often reluctant to offer terms beyond that to a player in his age group.
On Tuesday, Mitchell said that there have been informal discussions with Kings General Manager
"You have to ask Dean," said Mitchell about negotiations. "There's lots of moving parts, I get it. There's Willie Mitchell the player. There's the salary cap. And then as a GM, you structure your team so you can have success over a long period of time. So I get it.
"If you're asking me: 'Do I want to play hockey?' Hell, yeah. To be honest, probably this playoffs is the best hockey I've played [since] 2012. Even this one round, I felt even better. For me it was a big personal accomplishment after missing last year with a couple of knee surgeries.
"As much as you don't like going through it, I think the breaks and missing hockey makes you appreciate it that much more."
Lombardi has many tough calls to make beyond Mitchell. Defenseman
"The mad scientist was on the treadmill this morning," Kings captain
On top of player contract issues and the upcoming
That apparently happened at the recent general managers' meetings in New York during the Stanley Cup Final. The Kings acknowledged the interest in Stevens but are working on keeping him in Los Angeles.