The NHL’s equivalent of “The Decision” (that seems like a bit of a stretch) looks to be over. According to the Los Angeles Kings’ official Twitter account, the team has reached a verbal agreement with D Willie Mitchell for a two-year contract worth $3.5 million per year. Speculation had the free-agent defenseman choosing among Washington, Los Angeles, San Jose or re-signing with Vancouver. Mitchell’s decision to sign with the Kings comes as a bit of a surprise, considering sources reported that the Kings were out of the running as of Monday.
With Mitchell no longer available, the Capitals have other options. A deal involving LW/C Tomas Fleischmann has been circulating the rumor mills for some time. The two rumored destinations are Edmonton, which would bring D Sheldon Souray to Washington, or Vancouver, where Mitchell’s former teammate, D Kevin Bieksa, would join the Capitals.
Bieksa, however, might not be an option for much longer; the Canucks’ defensive corps is dealing with numerous injuries and keeping Bieksa might become a necessity.
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