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01-21-2013, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Spectrefire View Post
Uh... no. Mitchell did want to stay, the Canucks did tender him an offer, but it was a low one year contract. Mitchell went to the Kings for one reason and one reason only, they offered him two years. Lots of teams wanted him for one year, the Kings were the only one willing to go with two. It had nothing to do with Ballard's contract.

20/20 hindsight sucks, but they made the right decision. Mitchell was too much of a risk at that point. LA had the cap available to take on the risk, and should he have failed there, they wouldn't have been hurt too much. The Canucks didn't have that luxury.
That summer, Mitchell had rented the ice before us out at Planet Ice. He was talking to some of the guys (I missed him by about 15 minutes) and said that it was down to LA and Vancouver and that LA offered him a longer contract. Hockey players talk more than their agents would probably like.

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