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Willie Mitchell | Defenseman | #33

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (39) / 4/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Drafted: 1996 / Rd. 8 (199) / NJ
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Willie Mitchell's playing career with the Panthers is likely over, but he could be back with the team as an assistant coach or penalty killing adviser next season.
he hasn't officially announced his retirement yet, but the 39-year-old veteran has dealt with concussions in the past two seasons. Mitchell has been warned by doctors that additional head injuries could be damaging to his future well-being. May 2 - 11:33 AM

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Willie Mitchell (upper body) traveled with the Panthers and took part in the morning skate on Monday.

However, there hasn't been a change with regard to his status. "He's skating, working hard and feeling good," coach Gerard Gallant said. "He's going to make his own decision; I'm not saying anything. He's still a team leader, still around the players a lot. We always talk about our veteran group being good for our young players and he's a big part of that." He has been warned by doctors that more blows to the head could be damaging to his future well-being, so the decision to play again is up to him.
Apr 5 - 10:34 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) is still helping lead the Panthers even though he hasn't played since Jan. 18 because of injuries.

He delivered a speech at Monday's practice, which seemed to strike a chord with his teammates. "He's so passionate about the game, he's won a couple [Stanley] Cups," Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad said. "He's been through the grind that a lot of us haven't. He's good at relaying the message of how gratifying it is to get to that point, but also how hard it is. Definitely seeing his passion makes us excited. Having his experience, his knowledge for us younger guys, can definitely take a lot in. Even though he's not playing, he's still a big part of this locker room." It remains unclear when Mitchell will be able to return.
Mar 29 - 10:33 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) won't return to action on Monday against the New York Rangers.

Coach Gerard Gallant said Mitchell could join the team later in the trip, as it is believed that he is close to being ready to play. Mitchell, who has been sidelined since Jan. 18, was initially out with a lower-body injury but then concussion issues surfaced afterward.
Mar 21 - 10:02 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) is getting closer to returning to the lineup.

"He will be back soon and is close to being ready," coach Gerard Gallant said. "That's a good thing. He's pushing hard, wants to come back. It will be great to have him back." Mitchell is expected to be with the team on the road next week.
Mar 17 - 8:26 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) still isn't ready return to return to action.

Mitchell practiced on Wednesday, but he isn't expected to play against Ottawa tonight or over the weekend. "Willie has been out quite a while so he’s working hard and it was good to see him out there competing and battling in a full practice," Gallant said. "It’s a good sign, but there’s no timetable for him. ... It’s not this weekend, for sure,. He’s been out a long time and needs conditioning. He’s day-to-day, we’ll see how he feels."
Mar 10 - 12:06 PM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) might be ready to play this weekend.

Mitchell skated on Monday in a no-contact capacity. He hasn't been in the lineup since Jan. 18 because of an upper-body injury.
Mar 7 - 11:57 AM

Willie Mitchell (upper body) is apparently on the mend.

Coach Gerard Gallant said Mitchell "is doing OK. He's doing a lot better. He's coming." He hasn't played since Jan. 18.
Feb 24 - 11:03 AM

Willie Mitchell's injury is being listed an upper-body ailment now.

He hasn't been skating so it's unclear when he will be able to return. Mitchell hasn't played since Jan. 18.
Feb 16 - 5:19 PM

Willie Mitchell (lower body) won't play in Sunday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

The 38-year-old has missed the last six games because of the injury, and although he's been practicing with his teammates, he won't be on the trip to Detroit. Mitchell has a goal and seven points in 46 games this season.
Feb 7 - 11:51 AM

Willie Mitchell (lower body) won't be in the lineup on Tuesday.

He won't play against Washington and it will be the fourth straight game he has missed with a lower-body injury. Mitchell probably won't be available for Thursday's game against Detroit either.
Feb 2 - 1:18 PM

Willie Mitchell (lower body) didn't practice Monday and he's not expected to play Tuesday against Toronto.

That will be the third straight game he has missed because of lingering injuries. Mitchell could be ready after the All-Star break.
Jan 26 - 10:51 AM

Willie Mitchell, who was placed on the injured list Friday due to an undisclosed injury, is eligible to return to action Tuesday against Toronto.

That doesn't mean the veteran defenseman, who has been limping around for weeks, will in fact rejoin the Panthers' lineup. Mitchell may need more time to recover from what is obviously a lingering ailment. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Jan 23 - 9:56 AM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) has been moved to the injured reserve list.

Mitchell had already been ruled out for Florida's next two games, so this move isn't surprising. He has a goal and seven points in 46 games this season.
Jan 22 - 11:35 AM

Willie Mitchell (undisclosed) is expected to miss the Florida Panthers' next two games at a minimum.

The Panthers are set to play against Chicago on Friday and Tampa Bay on Saturday. Mitchell has a goal and seven points in 46 contests in 2015-16.
Jan 21 - 3:09 PM

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