It’s been a tough few years for Peter Mueller.
After looking like a potential star, or at least a notch right below that status, in his rookie season with the Phoenix Coyotes, Mueller has struggled to put it together, for a variety of factors. Those factors relate mainly to injury woes the past several years.
Mueller broke onto the scene with the Coyotes in 2007-2008, with 54 points in 81 games. He was in the running for the Calder Trophy that would eventually be won by Patrick Kane that year, but he set the Coyotes up for big hopes for him moving forward.
Those hopes never actually materialized. He played in 72 games the following season, to only 36 points before posting just 17 in 54 games in 2009-2010 before he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche. In three seasons with the Avs, Mueller played in just 47 games, including missing all over 2010-2011, due to symptoms related to a concussion. That concussion has cost him a total of 140 games in his career.
The Florida Panthers took a chance on Mueller last summer, signing him to a one-year deal. It’s a signing that has worked out for the Cats, even if the season has been miserable. At the very least, Mueller is setting himself up for success on the market this summer.
Mueller has 12 points on the year, four of which came during an early season stretch in which he scored goals in four consecutive games. The more important thing for Mueller is the fact that he’s appeared in every one of Florida’s games this season.
The numbers aren’t as important to Mueller on a team like Florida, which is all but out of the playoff race, as the health is. Few teams wanted a part of him on the market because of his injury history. But he’s setting himself up for a nice new deal this summer, and very likely quite a bit more interest.