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Willie Mitchell still isn’t healthy, won’t make three-game road trip with team

Celebrities Attend The 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game Five - June 9, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 09: Los Angeles Kings player Willie Mitchell attends the Los Angeles Kings vs the New Jersey Devils game five during the 2012 Stanley Cup final at the Prudential Center on June 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

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Willie Mitchell’s awkward injury saga with the Kings continues to roll along.

Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports there’s no update in Mitchell’s status and he won’t be traveling with the team on their upcoming three-game road trip.

Mitchell’s absence in the Kings lineup has been missed and only enhanced given other injuries to guys like Alec Martinez and Matt Greene. It’s also been a source of contention and hilarious quotes for coach Darryl Sutter as well.

The coach piled on the other day, as Jon Rosen of L.A. Kings Insider shared, telling reporters: “Willie Mitchell, I have no update. The only thing I can tell you is historically he’s a player that’s missed significant periods of time in his career, and it appears that he’s historically doing that again.”

If he’d like to avoid continuing to be the butt of jokes, Mitchell may want to be healthy by the time the team returns from their swing through Chicago, Edmonton, and Calgary.