Reporting from Vancouver -- Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell once played with Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin and considers the Canucks star forward to be a good friend.
Yet that didn’t prevent him from holding back when asked about the five-game suspension handed out to Chicago’s Duncan Keith last week after he elbowed Sedin in the head. Sedin is out indefinitely with a concussion and the Canucks took the step of confirming that fact, not something always done in the NHL.
When Mitchell was playing for the Canucks, his hockey career was threatened and future clouded when he suffered a concussion and had months of lingering symptoms.
“I don’t like seeing him hurt, especially with an injury like that,” Mitchell said after Monday’s morning skate in Vancouver. “It hits close to home with me.