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Willie Mitchell | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 4/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
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Willie Mitchell (upper body) traveled with the Panthers as they prepare for the start of a five-game road trip on Tuesday.
He practiced with the team on Monday and he's skated for four straight days. Mitchell has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury. Feb 17 - 9:51 AM

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Willie Mitchell (upper body) has sat out four straight games.

It's believed that he's close to being able to return and he could be back next week. Mitchell has five points in 49 games and he leads the Panthers with 113 blocked shots.
Feb 13 - 9:09 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) might miss Florida's next two games.

That would keep him out of Sunday's game versus Nashville and Tuesday's tilt with Anaheim. He wasn't able to play Thursday against Los Angeles after he was injured on Tuesday. Florida recalled Steven Kampfer from the minors to take Mitchell's spot on the roster.
Feb 6 - 11:12 AM

Willie Mitchell won't play Thursday because of an upper-body injury.

He won't get to suit up against his former Los Angeles teammates. Mitchell has five points, 73 hits and 113 blocks in 49 games this season with the Panthers.
Feb 5 - 5:56 PM

Willie Mitchell isn't giving up hope that the Panthers can still get back into the playoff hunt.

"We are still right there," Mitchell said. "We have a lot of work to do, but every team has a part of their season where things fall off a little bit. That will happen to the teams in front of us. It has to be about us and what we're doing. We need to play the way we know we can." Florida trails Boston by nine points and Washington by eight for the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. However, the Panthers do have three games in hand.
Feb 2 - 10:49 AM

Willie Mitchell leads the Panthers with 76 blocked shots.

That's more than double the total rookie Aaron Ekblad, who sits second on Florida with 36 blocks. Mitchell has also posted 51 hits and two points in 32 games. He's provided the Panthers with leadership and has helped them become stingier defensively, but his fantasy value is very limited.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 06:31:00 AM

The Florida Panthers were not impressed with Pittsburgh's antics on Saturday night.

"They were throwing punches after whistles and went hard to the net, forcing us to protect our goalie," said Willie Mitchell, who got into one of Florida’s five fights in the first half of the game. "The linesmen would come in and their guys threw punches over the pile. We’re not going to take them in the face so we pushed back. Some guys over there get a long leash from the league." The two teams will meet again on Monday.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Willie Mitchell will be back in Los Angeles to face his former Kings teammates on Tuesday night.

"I never had that [resentment]," said Mitchell, who was permitted to test free agency in the summer. "I know how this game works. It's not the first time I haven't been signed by the team; it's not the first time I've been traded. I enjoyed my four years there. I gave a lot and the Kings gave a lot to me. I'm fortunate enough I got a couple of silver things in my time there. I'll be nervous for sure, but it'll be good seeing familiar faces." He will receive his Stanley Cup ring in a private meeting before the game.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 09:07:00 AM

The Florida Panthers extended their losing streak to three games after their loss to Calgary on Saturday.

Panthers' captain Willie Mitchell wasn't pleased with his team's effort in the game. "That was a horse [expletive] game by us," said Mitchell. ""It’s not our [style of] game. We’re too young a hockey club, and as you evolve maybe you can play more offensive. The best teams in the league don’t play in 6-4 shootouts. That’s not how it’s done." Florida is now 4-4-4 this season.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 09:25:00 AM

Willie Mitchell has been named Florida's captain.

The club's assistant captains at home will be Scottie Upshall and Dave Bolland, while Derek MacKenzie and Brian Campbell will wear an "A" on the road. Mitchell was signed as an unrestricted free agent in the off-season to replace the leadership that was lost when Ed Jovanovski was bought out.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Willie Mitchell is expected to provide Florida's defense with leadership and it's thought that he'll help the club's penalty kill as well.

"He sets a real good example with his experience and knowledge of the NHL and I'm sure he had an impact on those players," assistant coach Mark Morris said. "He's the consummate professional, takes care of his body and is real serious about his job." The Panthers have plenty of young defenders and Mitchell's presence should help Dmitry Kulikov, Erik Gudbranson, Aaron Ekblad, Colby Robak and Alex Petrovic.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:28:00 AM

The Florida Panthers have signed Willie Mitchell.

It's a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. Mitchell doesn't do enough offensively to make him noteworthy in standard fantasy leagues, but he's a top-four defenseman that will bring a wealth of playoff experience to the Florida Panthers.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 05:02:00 PM

Willie Mitchell will officially end his tenure with the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.

Mitchell is becoming an unrestricted free agent because the Kings determined that they didn't have enough room left in their budget for him. "It was a little tough to take," Mitchell said. "It's like one of those girlfriends you had before you got married who just kind of rejected you." Mitchell did want to stay to try and win a third championship in four years and further the talk of the Kings becoming a modern dynasty. Instead he'll take his experience to another team.
Tue, Jul 1, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Willie Mitchell won't be back with the Los Angeles Kings next season.

The 37-year-old rearguard will test the market as an unrestricted free agent next week. The Kings have six defensemen who are signed for at least the 2014-15 campaign, with Jake Muzzin, Drew Doughty, Robyn Regehr, Slava Voynov, Alec Martinez and Matt Greene patrolling the back end. Mitchell is also seeking a two-year deal, which Los Angeles couldn't accommodate.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Willie Mitchell, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, wants to extend his career.

Mitchell missed the 2013 campaign, so he's won the Stanley Cup in each of the last two seasons he's participated in. It might be tempted to retire at the age of 37 on that note, but that's not what he's interested in doing. Mitchell isn't sure if he'll end up re-signing with the Kings though as the team might decide to go in a different direction.
Wed, Jun 18, 2014 10:33:00 AM

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All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nick Bjugstad
2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Vincent Trocheck
5Brandon Pirri
6Derek MacKenzie
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Garrett Wilson
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Brad Boyes
3Jimmy Hayes
4Scottie Upshall
5Tomas Kopecky
6Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya