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Friday, February 24, 2012
Updated: February 25, 7:51 PM ET
Willie Mitchell, Kings agree to extension

By Dan Arritt

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell signed a two-year $7-million contract extension Friday, the team announced.

Mitchell, who turns 35 in April, has been one of the top blue liners for the Kings in even-strength and penalty-kill situations. The Kings rank third in the league in goals-against this season and fifth on the penalty kill.

Mitchell came to the Kings as a free agent prior the 2010-11 season. He scored a career-high five goals in 57 games a year ago while owning a plus-4 rating. He has appeared in 55 games this season, scoring three goals and owning a plus-2 rating, the only full-time defenseman in the black for the league's lowest-scoring team.

Mitchell is expected to serve as a mentor for rookie Slava Voynov, who was recalled from the AHL on Friday to replace Mitchell's previous playing partner, Jack Johnson, who was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The Kings are scheduled to host the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night at Staples Center.

Dan Arritt covers the NHL for