After overcoming post-concussion syndrome earlier this summer, Willie Mitchell
had one last headache that needed relief.
The Los Angeles Kings
provided the aspirin Wednesday afternoon.
Mitchell, who was limited to just 48 games with the Vancouver Canucks
last season due to a concussion – the third of his career -- suffered Jan. 16 against Pittsburgh, signed a two-year deal with the Kings worth $7 million. While some may believe the contract is a gamble, both parties directly involved disagree and are excited about what lies ahead.
"I think I tried to have a pretty open process with the teams that contacted me," said the 32-year-old defenseman, who had 4 goals, 8 assists and a plus-13 rating for the Canucks before a controversial hit by Pens star Evgeni Malkin
ended Mitchell's season. "I was pretty open about what I felt I needed to do, to make sure I was prepared and ready to play. I didn't want to put a GM in a position they don't want to be in. I feel confident I went the right way of doing things. I was fortunate enough to have some teams contact me, and I felt the L.A. Kings was a good fit."