Willie Mitchell set to decide future by end of this week




Hey readers.

According to Sportsnet, former Vancouver Canucks defenseman Willie Mitchell has been holding individual workouts with teams interested in his services and will be making a decision on his playing future later this week.

Sources tell Sportsnet that after working out with the Los Angeles Kings last week, Mitchell has apparently showcased his health to the San Jose Sharks and his club for the last four seasons, the Vancouver Canucks.

Mitchell is trying to make a comeback after suffering a season-ending concussion last January.

The workouts have reportedly gone well, and now the 33-year-old is expected to visit the Washington Capitals.

It is believed Mitchell will make up his mind on his future by the end of the week.

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It's no surprise that I consider Willie Mitchell to be the lone free agent left who could make a considerable impact on the team going into the new season, what with his physicality, ability to play tough minutes against top competition, and pedigree as a top three shutdown defenseman. No matter which club he signs with will be getting an excellent player, and on some level, I'm just excited that he's been able to shake the concussion concerns and work his way back into the NHL.

The rumor out there right now is that the Kings have offered him a two-year deal, with no word on the negotiations with the Sharks. Not a big surprise considering DW runs a tight ship in terms of information leakage, but definitely relevant to our discussion here.

Right now I'd still put San Jose at the top of the list due to his ties to the West Coast. Same goes with Los Angeles. Vancouver has some cap issues that we've covered extensively over the last month (read: a lot would have to break right for them if they wanted to sign Mitchell), and Washington is on the East Coast, which could hinder his desire to play there. That being said, they're definitely a contender with room to fit him into their top four, so playing time nor cap space would be an issue.

At any rate, considering I've covered this topic to death over the last month, here's some relevant links on Mitchell that have been published on Fear The Fin during the offseason:

If this drags past Friday I might just lose my mind.

Go Sharks.