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Entries with the tag: peter mueller
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Mueller went to Switzerland last season, signing with Kloten, which he led in scoring 26 goals and 46 points in 49 games, ranking third in the Swiss league.
“You talk to anyone that puts the puck in the net, you get 20 goals anywhere, you’re feeling good,” Mueller said. “I haven’t felt that in a long time. So to put up points and be looked upon to put goals in the net, it’s obviously a great feeling. I’m riding that confidence of last year into this year.”
Mueller has been concussion-free for two-plus seasons and says “knock on wood” that he is as healthy as he’s been in a while.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock advised Mueller to “just go play. He’s a really intelligent, offensive player. He’s had stops and starts in his career due to injury that really impacted his NHL career. So he just needs to come and play. When you have a player that plays with that level of intelligence, he’s going to fit in wherever we play him.
“I just know that the player before he got hurt, Mueller was a good player in the National Hockey League. Can he be back there again? Who knows, but he’s just got to come and play. He’s got a really high level of intelligence.”
Sportsnet's Luke Fox has been monitoring the fates of the "NHL's Top 10 Unrestricted Free Agents"--with an emphasis on those who remain on the marketplace--The Score's Thomas Drance has penned a list of 3 categories of "cheap free agent gambles that pay off year after year," and while general managers are most likely "at the lake" or golf course right now (World Junior Selection camps begin in August and the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in the Czech Republic kicks off the 2014-2015 scouting season), both Fox, Drance and ESPN's Craig Custance duly note that there are some bargains out there.
Said players tend to have to reduce their asking prices and may end up waiting until training camps begin to find their NHL homes, but the Devin Setoguchis, Tomas Vokouns, Dustin Penners, Daniel Winniks, etc. do tend to make significant impacts eventually...
And Custance's Insider-only entry leads off with a player who may or may not fit into the "best player who played outside of the NHL last season" category:
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
Although not quite as bold as last summer’s free-agent haul Panthers GM Dale Tallon continues to tinker with the addition of former Avs center Peter Mueller. The Minnesota native has the size (6-2, 204) that Tallon covets in centers. He’s banking on his injury-prone days are over and he can pick up from a phenomenal rookie season in 2007-08 when the former first-round pick of the Coyotes (8th overall in ‘06-07) when he had 22 goals and 23 assists in 81 games.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Peter Mueller thought his concussion problems were over last September, only to suffer another one in his first game back in the Avalanche’s preseason.
He missed the entire regular season. Mueller is saying all the right things again, but with a noticeable uptick in his voice.
“I’m excited to be a hockey player again,” Mueller said Wednesday in his first public comments since last September. “Obviously, I’ve had concussions in the past and it’s something I have to deal with, but right now everything is in the right direction. Everything is pointing forward. I’m excited that it’s all behind me.”
Mueller, a left winger whose good health could be a major key to how successful the Avs are this coming season, has been skating regularly and will undergo physicals with the rest of the team Sept. 16. Assuming he passes, he’ll be on the ice with no restrictions the next day, the first of training camp.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Despite the fact that his concussion symptoms have improved, Peter Mueller has been shut down for the season by the Avalanche. He will not play this year at all, but will continue with his rehab and the plan is for him to be ready at training camp next fall.
Mueller’s loss obviously was a factor in the Avs’ bad season. It was a confusing, frustrating thing for all involved. He seemed to be fully recovered in last fall’s camp from a previous concussion suffered after a big hit from Rob Blake late last season. But in the Avs’ very first preseason game against the Kings, he suffered another concussion.
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I just learned some bad news: Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.
I remember Mueller was hit up against the glass in one play, but don’t remember the player from the Kings involved, and I’m not even positive that was how the injury happened. All I know is, he’s out indefinitely.
This is horrible news.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Peter Mueller agrees to terms with Colorado on a two-year deal, $1.5M and $2.5M.
via Adrian Dater tweet,
Mueller has concussion, out indefitely. Not on road trip
No video of the Rob Blake hit on Mueller so far, but a few screen caps can be viewed here. (Mueller hit the boards face first)
As I tweeted last night, Mueller had no idea Blake was there but hockey sense should have told him a defender was coming.
via Adrian Dater tweet,
(Peter) Mueller and Kevin Porter to Avs for Wolski is official. Done
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forwards Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.
“Peter is a skilled young player who has a tremendous upside,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “We feel he will be an important addition to our lineup.”
“Kevin will add more depth up front,” added Sherman. “He spent some extended time in the NHL last season and we look forward to having him join our organization.”
via the Phoenix Coyotes:
The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes forward Peter Mueller has been named NHL Rookie of the Month for January.
Mueller led all rookies in scoring for the month with 6-8-14 in 14 games as the Coyotes surged to a 9-4-1 record in January.