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‘Many conversations’ about Peter Mueller: agent

Jul 4, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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It hasn’t been easy for Peter Mueller since scoring 22 goals for the Coyotes as a rookie forward in 2007-08.

When his production trailed off in Phoenix, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft was traded to Colorado in 2010. Then, after scoring nine goals in his first 15 games with the Avs, concussion problems kept him out the entire 2010-11 season and half the next.

Mueller’s latest stop was in Florida, where he scored a modest eight goals in 43 games for the Panthers in 2013. For budgetary reasons, the 25-year-old failed to receive a qualifying offer from the club, leaving him an unrestricted free agent.

“He has arbitration rights. We’re still negotiating with him,” Florida GM Dale Tallon told the Sun-Sentinel. “We’d like to keep him, but it’s just a matter of what the right number is as far as our budget is.”

The Panthers’ budget limits may prove to be another team’s opportunity. Mueller’s agent, Anton Thun, told PHT in an email today that there are “many conversations ongoing” with potential suitors.

“Assessing interest and roles with clubs,” wrote Thun, adding that Florida remains in the mix.

While there’s risk attached to any player with a serious concussion history, there’s also potential upside with Mueller, who’s still young and may have suffered from bad puck luck in 2013, as evidenced by his low 6.1 shooting percentage. No other Panther registered more shots than his 131.

Mueller is coming off a modest one-year, $1.73 million deal, so he shouldn’t break the bank either.

  1. operwapitsai - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    caps

  2. tru2joelu4eva - Jul 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    wish there was room for him back in CO! he and matt duchene were sensational together…

  3. titansrbeast - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Sharks x D

  4. wingz101 - Jul 4, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    You know he is probably exactly what the Detroit Red Wings are looking for and the type of reclamation project they excel at:

    – Dcent second line center (big hole on the team right now)
    – Young (well younger than Weiss)
    – Big (well bigger than Weiss)
    – Had some success but has fallen on hard times (see Cleary, Dan, among others)
    – Right hand shot (a huge NEED for this team)
    – He’s always played pretty well against them (as opposed to a guy like Bobby Ryan who usually sucks against them)

    I would not be surprised if he’s a Red Wings on Friday.

  5. kvashasux - Jul 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    would look great on Tavares’ right with Moulson on the left. Always liked this kid.

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