What about Willie Mitchell?

It seemed the minute the Kings announced Tuesday they agreed with Matt Greene on a new four-contract that Willie Mitchell’s days with the team were over. Mitchell is simply caught in a numbers game on defense. The Kings are up against the salary cap for starters, and they have plenty of options if they don’t re-sign Mitchell, a 37-year-old who helped them win two Stanley Cup championships. Mitchell wanted to re-sign with the Kings, preferring to remain in Southern California. He might get one of those wishes if he signs with the Ducks, who could use another veteran D-man.

Here’s a list of Kings defensemen under contract, with expiration dates: Greene (2017-18), Drew Doughty (2018-19), Alec Martinez (2014-15), Jake Muzzin (2014-15), Robyn Regehr (2014-15) and Slava Voynov (2018-19).

Here’s what Mitchell had to say recently about his future:

“I mean, there’s lots of moving parts. I get it. There’s Willie Mitchell the player. There’s the salary cap, and then there’s as a GM you structure your team so, hopefully, you can have success over a long period of time. So I get it. If you’re asking me if I want to play hockey, hell yeah, and to be honest, I think probably this playoffs is the best hockey I’ve played.”

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Keeping up with the Kings isn’t easy, just ask Ducks general manager Bob Murray

The Ducks are expected to be active in trade discussions over the next few days at the NHL draft, trying to upgrade their roster in an attempt to match the Stanley Cup champion Kings. The Ducks want help at center and on defense. Here’s what Ducks general manager Bob Murray said about keeping up with the Kings, or trying to catch up to them, anyway:

“They won the Stanley Cup and they deserved to. They were the best team. They had a good series with Chicago after our series (a second-round win for the Kings) and the Rangers stepped up, too. So, we’re chasing a bunch of teams. That’s why we have to step up, (because) we’re behind a few teams.”

Here’s Murray on finding someone like Kings defenseman Drew Doughty:

You watch the Kings and you watched how Drew Doughty emerged as a superstar in the playoffs. Do we have someone who is that guy? Can you afford that guy if you find someone like that? It’s a huge decision, but how long do you wait?”

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Marian Gaborik in his own words (part 2)

Marian Gaborik had this to say about his comfort level after joining Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and the rest of the Kings after a March 5 trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets: “The guys welcomed me warmly. Right away, I felt comfortable. That’s very important, to feel comfortable. To play along with ‘Kopi,’ he’s a great player … and then ‘Brownie,’ the way we clicked so quickly, it was great.”

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Marian Gaborik in his own words after agreeing to a new deal with the Kings

Here’s what forward Marian Gaborik said Wednesday of agreeing to a new seven-year contract with the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings: “Hopefully, we can just keep this train rolling, … I knew I could get maybe more money if I had gone to free agency, but it wasn’t about money. I wanted to be part of a great team. … That was my No. 1 priority, to get a deal done here.”

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Kings agree with forward Marian Gaborik on a new seven-year contract

The defending Stanley Cup champion Kings and veteran forward Marian Gaborik agreed Wednesday on a new seven-season contract that will pay him an average of $4.9 million and further cement a championship roster for years to come. Gaborik, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty, MIke Richards, Jonathan Quick and Slava Voynov are all signed through 2019.

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Kings goalie Jonathan Quick undergoes wrist surgery, out 10 to 12 weeks

Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and could be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks, casting doubt on his availability for the start of training camp in September. The Kings’ first exhibition game is scheduled for Sept. 22, a pair of split-squad games against the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Coyotes. Quick was injured during the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Ducks. Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog first reported the surgery.

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Kings agree to terms on a four-season deal with defenseman Matt Greene

The Kings and defenseman Matt Greene agreed Tuesday on a new four-season contract worth a reported $10.5 million. Greene, 31, was due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but the Kings moved quickly to keep him off the open market. It also could mean veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell, who also can become a UFA next week, does not return to the Kings.

Greene has been with the Kings since arriving in a 2008 trade with the Edmonton Oilers, helping the team win Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and ’14. The defensive-minded defenseman had six points, including two goals, in 38 games this past season. He also had four assists in 20 playoff games.

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Kings center Anze Kopitar finishes second in voting for the Selke Trophy

Anze Kopitar, the Kings’ top-line center, finished second in voting to Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins in voting for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the forward who excels at the defensive aspects of the game. Bergeron received 1,283 points, including 112 first-place votes. Kopitar had 840 points, including 20 first-place votes. Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks was third with 624 points, including two first-place votes. Full disclosure: I voted Kopitar first and Bergeron second.

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Pre-NHL Awards Show reading: my ballot

Here’s my ballot, cast in the middle of April:

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, PIT, Ryan Getzlaf, ANA, Claude Giroux, PHI, Semyon Varlamov, COL, Jonathan Toews, CHI.

Norris Trophy: Drew Doughty, LAK, Shea Weber, NSH. Duncan Keith, CHI, Ryan Suter, MIN, Zdeno Chara, BOS.

Calder Torphy: Nathan MacKinnon, COL, Jacob Trouba, WPG, Hampus Lindholm, ANA, Ondrej Palat, TBL, Frederik Andersen, ANA.

Byng Trophy: Ryan O’Reilly, COL, Matt Duchene, COL, Patrick Marleau, SJS, Tyler Seguin, DAL, David Krejci, BOS.

Selke Trophy: Anze Kopitar, LAK, Patrice Bergeron, BOS, David Backes, STL, Jonathan Toews, CHI, Andrew Cogliano, ANA.

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