After Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi mentioned this past Sunday that Willie Mitchell is "clearly making progress again," the defenseman posted a video of him working out on his Twitter account Wednesday night.
He was out on the ice and taking shots, which is a good sign. Mitchell's tweet also read "Just for some doubters and for those who have been supportive," which shows that he's motivated to come back and to avoid having to end his career prematurely.
Mike Richards felt more comfortable in his second season with the Los Angeles Kings.
"Especially after you win a championship, and more so after the first couple months, you start feeling more comfortable and confident to say things in the dressing room," Richards said. "Maybe your first season you're a little bit tentative to step up in different ways, but I think this year with pretty much the same group as we had last year, I think everybody stepped up in different ways when things needed to be said." Richards signed a 12-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, but was traded to Los Angeles. He's under their control through 2019-20.
KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk has sent a contract offer to Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov.
"All the talk about Voynov was absolutely serious," Traktor GM Evgeny Tsybuk said. "We made an offer earlier, but he didn't want to hold talks until the end of the season. We are patiently waiting for his decision. If the deal is sealed, it will be an unreal reality." Voynov will be a restricted free agent in July, so whatever offer he has on the table could be used as leverage in his negotiations with the Kings. The 23-year-old blueliner had 25 points in 48 games during the regular season and he broke out in a big way in the playoffs, where he had 13 points over 18 contests.
Tyler Toffoli may get a better chance to playing in Los Angeles' top-six forward group if he can adapt to playing left wing.
Toffoli said the decision is up to the team and he'll play wherever he's needed. Coach Darryl Sutter wasn't prepared to commit to anything. "Plan is to get him stronger first. Then see if he's a good winger in the American Hockey League or a winger in the National Hockey League," Sutter said. "That will be the first step." Sutter wants to see if Toffoli can handle playing a full 82-game schedule, so look for 21-year-old to try to bulk up over the summer. Toffoli feels like he's up for the challenge.
Robyn Regehr played through an arm injury that will require surgery.
Regehr had an assist and a minus-eight rating in 18 playoff games. He inked a two-year extension with the Kings after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres for a pair of second-round draft picks.
Jake Muzzin seems to have learned a lot from his rookie season, and recognizes his need to improve his consistency.
"I need to continue to improve on getting better and making myself even more consistent on the ice and being more confident, and to get a little bit stronger and faster. [I'll] go from there," Muzzin said. The 23-year-old rookie defenseman had a solid debut campaign, with 16 points in 45 regular season games. Despite a few healthy scratches, Muzzin bounced back quickly from these hiccups, a good sign for his future. He looks to be a key piece on the Kings blueline in 2013-2014.
Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi had high praise for the job Darryl Sutter did this season.
Lombardi, who held the GM gig in San Jose when Sutter was coaching the Sharks, said Sutter's job this season was even better than when he got the Sharks to the playoffs in back-to-back years. "Take that premise -- expectations and everything -- and multiply it times whatever after winning a Cup. The stakes are a lot higher," Lombardi said. "This was a new experience for all of us. Now having been through it and what we went through this year and seeing what they did as a coaching staff and as a team, that's way tougher than getting in the playoffs a second year. ... I think it's the finest coaching job he's done."