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Report: NHL return possible for Peter Mueller

Jul 22, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT

Peter Mueller AP

The already-thin free agent ranks saw another quality forward crossed off the list when the Toronto Maple Leafs signed David Booth, yet a team in need of scoring might just look to Peter Mueller, as the free agent forward is drawing some interest according to Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland.

Strickland doesn’t specify which teams are interested and doesn’t give a number of suitors, but Mueller provides an interesting consideration.

The Good: He has some serious pedigree (the Phoenix Coyotes selected him eighth overall in 2006) and he’s only 26. Mueller has a 22-goal, 54-point season to his name, and it’s plausible that he’s far enough removed from concussion issues that he might be able to regain his scoring touch in the right situation.

One would also assume he’d probably come pretty cheap.

The Bad: Mueller wasn’t even in the NHL last season, instead producing nicely in Switzerland. It’s been quite some time since he’s been a particularly productive scorer; he didn’t manage to hit the 20-point mark in his past two NHL campaigns.

Like just about any free agent at this time of year, Mueller has his pluses and minuses. While his ceiling doesn’t seem that high, it’s not outrageous to picture him being a solid addition to an NHL roster.

  1. dumbassgreg - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I would much rather take a chance on him. then wingnuts like ribero or booth.

  2. bricevjohnson - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    For a discounted price and term, I’d take him back in Colorado. Very streaky player, but could perform well in Roy’s system and had similar advanced stats to Stastny when he last played, albeit he produced poorer offensive numbers in his last season with the Panthers. Whoever takes a chance on him also has the luxury of picking up a player who can play any forward position, as well as quarterback the powerplay.

    • avscup - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      I always liked Muellers game but I don’t see it happening in CO. He is not a 3rd or 4th line type and the roster is too deep on the top 2 lines.

  3. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    For around $1 million I’d love to see him in orange and black. In my mind there’s no forward still available with as high a ceiling as Mueller. We see players all the time rejuvenate their careers overseas and I don’t see why he can’t be next. When he’s not dealing with concussions he’s a talented power forward. And there’s an open wing spot next to Giroux and Voracek. Working with playmakers like that Mueller could reach 18-20 goals again. Come to Philly.

    • bricevjohnson - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:14 AM

      Actually, that would be a great fit for him. Philly could accommodate him into their top 2 lines without having to really push anyone down. Read could more up or down whenever needed, and it gives Philly another powerplay, whether that be using Mueller on the point, wing or dot.

  4. blomfeld - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:22 AM


    • antkowiak666 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Loser??How many points have you scored again in the NHL Blomfeld?!?!

      • dipthatchip - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        seriously. we get it. no one enjoys, or has ever enjoyed, your nonsensical rants with some garbage youtube link imbedded.

        just hang it up, create a new username, and contribute something worthwhile. Clean slate, give it a shot

      • bricevjohnson - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:37 PM

        He obviously enjoys the attention, and his mundane, baseless posts always seem to muster user response. Just as the phrase “There’s no such thing as bad publicity”, the same can be applied to how this guy views attention. When you’re a lonely fella with poor assessment skills and nothing significant to add to the conversation, I suppose you take what you can get.

  5. goyotesgo11 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I wonder if the AZ Coyotes would take him back? It’s more than obvious that the Yotes need some goal scorers with Reibero & Vrbata both gone. He was young with an attitude and one of Gretsky’s “boys”, and he sure would come cheap, which fits the present new ownership’s philosophy. I think if the Coyotes want to make the playoffs they had better get some.e who can put the puck in the net…Mueller could just be that player.

    • darksidecowboy - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      I’ve been saying the same thing to my Coyote friends, get him back!

      • goyotesgo11 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:49 PM

        We could also get Ray Whitney back. He lives here & doesn’t want to move away. The downside is he is 42, was hurt a lot last season in Dallas. He sure helped us in 11-12 season when we went to the Western Conference finals. The other option would be to move Yandle up to the forward line. He has been our leading scorer the last two seasons, so it seems like a logical idea. Our defense is deep…we need scoring, and Yandle was very instrumental in improving our power play to the fourth best in the league, best in our Conference. Tell me your thoughts, readers.

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