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Kings throw defense at defending champions
Kings throw defense at defending champions

Willie Mitchell couldn't go on the road to be around his friends and hockey-playing colleagues. Nor could he feel comfortable going out to dinner when a playoff game was going on against St. Louis, San Jose or Chicago. The prototypical stay-at-home defenseman had to … well, stay home last year. "I was in L.A. But it was tough because the team didn't want me around the rink. I get that, I get that part of the program," said Mitchell, who missed all of last season because of knee issues. "Because I couldn't help the team out. It was where the guys would look over their shoulder, 'Oh, if we had him,' instead of focusing on what we've got...

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