NHL Free Agency: Blackhawks Should Take A Chance On Peter Mueller
While the wing isn’t a great area of need for the Chicago Blackhawks, their apparent pursuit of Zach Parise does tell us that they’re at least looking into adding to the position and some scoring depth wouldn’t hurt.
That move came as something of a surprise, given Mueller’s upside, but with his inability to stay healthy, you can understand why Colorado would want to part ways with him. Still just 24 year of age though, Mueller could end up being somewhat popular out on the market, now that the dominoes have begun to fall.
There’s no doubt that Mueller has the chops to be a top notch offensive player, as we’ve already seen flashes, both with the Avalanche and with the Phoenix Coyotes. He scored 22 goals with the Coyotes in 2007-08 and posted 20 points in 15 games after he was traded to the Avs in ’09-’10.
The concussion concerns are going to be there with any team that Mueller talks to this summer. He missed all of 2010-2011 because of them and was limited again this season. If the price is right, however, he’s a guy that could be worth taking a chance on.
Mueller’s upside os obvious. We’ve seen him perform at a high level, though the sample space isn’t exactly great in his short, injury-riddled career. But he’s a versatile forward who could prove to be a bargain for a club out there willing to take a chance on him.
With not much secondary scoring, outside of Viktor Stalberg, I’d expect the Blackhawks to at least take a look at Peter Mueller. If he comes with a decent price tag attached, most likely on a short term deal, he could end up a steal for the Hawks or whoever ends up signing him. For Stan Bowman and the Blackhawks, Mueller is definitely worth a look, even if wing isn’t the Hawks’ biggest area of need right now.