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Florida isn’t in talks with Peter Mueller

Jul 15, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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Florida Panther assistant GM Mike Santos told the Miami Herald’s George Richards that the team isn’t “actively negotiating” with forward Peter Mueller as of Monday.

That sounds like a hockey franchise’s way of saying that Mueller has a really good personality.

The team took a low-risk peek at the 25-year-old in 2013, and it’s not surprising that the Panthers aren’t over the moon for the former first-round pick (eighth overall in 2006). He scored just 17 points in 43 games, registering a -11 rating on a mess of a team.

Mueller still carries a minor “What if?” factor – he’s likely to connect on more than 6.1 percent of his shots if he gets a chance with an NHL team next season, for one thing – although his opportunities to be anything more than that are starting to fade.

Even so, a thrifty team might be wise to give him a try at a near-minimum/two-way deal.

For some, there will be comic sadness in his departure, as the Panthers boasted a formidable hair and mustache combo this past season in Mueller’s mullet and Kris Versteeg‘s mustache (both via Getty):

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source: Getty ImagesMaybe Versteeg will combine that ‘stache with his 2011-12 hair to fill the void, though (also via Getty):

source: Getty Images

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Dude needs a haircut

  2. blackheart78 - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    His hair rocks harder than a Van Halen concert…with Roth might I add.

    • blomfeld - Jul 15, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      COULD THIS MEAN ‘HELLO’ LUONGO ?

      I personally doubt it, as I’m ‘assured’ he’s going to TB … but you never know eh ? :)

      • mathieug79 - Jul 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM

        If they Bought out Lecavalier because of his contract (35 and older CBA crap) they (The Tampa Bay Lightning) won’t take Luongo, he has the same kind of contract.

        They didn’t want to risk Lecavalier retiring before his contract was up, why would they take the same risk with Luongo?? This just doesn’t make any sense…Im sure Ryan Miller would be a better target!

      • blomfeld - Jul 16, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        I believe that ‘something’ is going to happen Luongo’s contract, with that being either a massive ‘write down’ or a complete ‘mutually agreed termination’ between he and the Aquilini’s. There’s no way Luongo is coming back here to Vancouver, not now. And he’s simply too competitive of a person to pack it in altogether at this juncture of his career. Love him or hate, there’s no denying the fact that he plays his position with as much zeal an determination as anyone.

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