Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell suffered a setback during his recovery from knee surgery during the lockout, pushing too hard too soon, according to Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi.
But the fact that Mitchell had knee surgery came as a surprise on Monday, the second day of the Kings' training camp. Kings Coach Darryl Sutter mentioned it, almost offhandedly, in the context of rehabilitation timetables.
"Now with Mitchell, he had knee surgery," Sutter said. "He's way behind what he should have been. He should have been a couple of weeks. Now he's already almost seven.
"So that's thrown out of whack."
Mitchell, a veteran presence during the run to the Stanley Cup, has not been on the ice for the Kings' first two sessions of this abbreviated training. There is no word when he will return and he declined, through a team spokesperson, to meet with reporters.