Mitchell, who was reportedly suffering from concussion-related issues, has been skating with the Panthers while contemplating his future with the team in advance of the NHL playoffs, the Miami Herald reports. A return to action on that front is hardly a lock for Mitchell -- who has been out of the Panthers' lineup since Jan. 18 -- considering his concussion history. With that in mind, GM Dale Tallon noted Thursday, "Willie has to decide whether he can play or not," while adding "we want to make sure he doesn't get hurt, we want to make sure there is no permanent damage. But this is up to Willie. We want to do what is best for him. That's the bottom line. The doctors have said they're concerned with his long-term health." Per the report, The Panthers expect Mitchell to make a decision on his playing status in the coming days.
Mitchell (lower body) is not traveling with the team on the upcoming road trip, and will instead aim to rejoin the lineup when the club returns home next Tuesday against the Maple Leafs, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. A recent report indicated the captain was nearing a return, but it appears he will require at least another week. While he certainly provides a leadership role, his game (seven points in 46 games) doesn't translate to fantasy relevance. Expect another post as the target date draws nearer.
Mitchell (lower body) has been ruled out for Saturday's meeting with Detroit, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Mitchell has not been on the depth chart since mid-January but is nearing a return. The blueliner has struggled to produce since joining the Panthers organization, as he tallied just eight points during the 2014-15 campaign and has added a paltry seven more this season. Given his limited scoring as well as averaging only 19:56 of ice time per game, it would probably be best to look elsewhere for a defenseman in your daily lineups.
Mitchell (lower body) will begin skating this week while the team is on a four-game road trip, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. The veteran defenseman has been out of the lineup since Jan. 22, and the Panthers will surely welcome him back with open arms. Mitchell has one goal and seven points on the year, but plays a lot of important minutes for a team that will be playing postseason hockey. When Mitchell is indeed ready to go, the team will provide further update.
Mitchell (undisclosed) will miss Thursday's tilt against the Red Wings, Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel reports. Mitchell will miss at least two more games, as he's also set to be out for Tuesday's contest against the Capitals, but coach Gerard Gallant indicated the defenseman had resumed skating. His next chance to slot back into the lineup will come Saturday against the Penguins, though it remains unclear if that's a realistic return date.
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