Los Angeles Kings: What To Do with Willie Mitchell and Dustin Penner

November 19th, 2011 by Gary Llewellin Leave a reply »
Willie Mitchell and Dustin Penner are two significant pieces of the Los Angeles Kings roster, although Penner is significant for all the wrong reasons.

These two players will see their contracts expire at the end of the season, at which point Kings GM Dean Lombardi will have to make a decision regarding their future with the organization.

The 34-year-old Mitchell is in the final year of his deal that will pay him $3.5 million.

The 29-year-old Penner is in the final year of his contract that will see him earn a cool $4.25 million.

Mitchell, a solid defensive defenseman for the Kings, brings a lot to the table that doesn’t always show up on the score card.

He’s a leader on a team that is still young. What he brings to the locker room would be hard to replace next year.

Mitchell's leadership skills would come in handy for future playoff runs, so it would be in the best interest of the Kings to hold on to him for at least a few more years. He’s exactly the kind of defenseman that excels in the playoffs.

One thing to consider is this: would his body be able to handle the rigors of the NH ...

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