Defenseman Willie Mitchell said his comfort level in Los Angeles and his belief that the Kings’ nucleus “is a group that’s capable of winning” were his prime motivations in agreeing to a two-year contract extension with the Kings instead of testing the free-agent market on July 1.
The extension, announced Friday after insurance-related issues were settled, will pay him $3.5 million per season, the same salary as under his current deal.
Mitchell, who will be 35 in April, has three goals, 12 points and a +2 defensive rating in 55 games this season. He has been a solid addition since the Kings, taking a risk that he was fully recovered from a severe concussion, were the only team to offer him a two-year deal as a free agent in the summer of 2010.
Mitchell said Saturday after the Kings’ game-day skate that he had given some thought to free agency but instead chose the security of a situation he likes.