NHL Free Agency: The Three Best Fits for Willie Mitchell

Todd CordellCorrespondent IAugust 15, 2010

There are many teams interested in Willie Mitchell, but I am going to look at the three best fits for his services among the teams interested. Here they are, in no particular order:


Los Angeles Kings

No doubt the LA Kings have a very good defensive corps, but what they are missing is a big, strong, hard-nosed, defensive, defenseman like Willie Mitchell. Yes, you could say Rob Scuderi is all of those things to some extent, but he is not the type of guy who will lay someone out with a big hit or strike fear in a forward's eye.

I know some of you LA fans will be saying that we have Matt Greene, and I know that. I didn't mention him because he will likely miss the first month or two with an injury.

It is unknown if Mitchell will end up in LA, but Nick Kypreos has stated that he is the Kings' No. one priority right now.


Vancouver Canucks

It is no secret that the Vancouver Canucks want to bring Willie Mitchell back, and it is really no surprise either. Yes, you could say that they already have too many defenseman, but if you were watching the Canucks in the playoffs last year, they really seemed to miss his presence on the ice and in the dressing room.

Some could argue that they have Shane O'Brien, Andrew Alberts, Keith Ballard, and Dan Hamhuis to take care of the defensive side of the ice. But if you look at it, none of them are big, strong, tough defenseman like Mitchell.

Of course, you could also make an argument on Andrew Alberts, but he lacks speed, which really hurt the Canucks last year in the playoffs.

We don't know if Mitchell will return to Vancouver or not, but we can all agree on the fact that he would be a huge addition if he did return.


Anaheim Ducks

Last but not least, we have the Anaheim Ducks. If you look at the Ducks' defensive depth chart, you notice Lubomir Visnovsky and Andy Sutton as the only true top-four defenseman. Some could even argue that Sutton is a third-line defenseman, but that is beside the point.

Like the Vancouver Canucks and LA Kings, the Ducks lack an established top-four, shutdown defenseman and have since traded Chris Pronger. Now is their chance to fill that huge hole with Willie Mitchell, who is well-respected around the league.

Whether Mitchell signs in Anaheim remains to be seen, but with the Ducks having $10 million in available cap space, you have to believe they have a shot.

This concludes my list of the three best fits for Willie Mitchell. Enjoy.

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