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08-25-2010, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by JT Dutch View Post
... Mitchell is 33-year-old concussion case. Anyone over the age of 28 is a candidate for declining play anyway, so add him to the list of fading players (Smyth, Handzus, Scuderi) for whom the younger Kings will have to compensate. I don't see Mitchell playing a full season here, and in a partial season he's likely good for the same numbers that O'Donnell put up last season -- 15 points, +14. It looks to be a move of desperation with a ready-made excuse (injury) in place should it fail.
Sounds like you already have this pencilled in as a failure.

He is a stay-at-home dman and they tend to be valuable, longer than their offensive counterparts. Guys like Hal Gill, Willie Mitchell, Sean O'Donnell, and Jay McKee tend to play longer because they are stay-at-home guys and don't have to rely on speed.

You are also assuming taht Zus and Scuderi will have to be carried to make up for their fading. Again, you are jumping to a baseless conclusion before it even happens.

If Mitchell puts up 15 points and a +14...then you can probably rest assured we are easily in the playoffs.

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