With Jarome Iginla going west and becoming a member of the Colorado Avalanche and Shawn Thornton taking his talents to South Beach and joining the Florida Panthers, the Boston Bruins have a major need at right wing. With the team being painfully close to the cap, the office needs to make a shrewd move. Former Panther Peter Mueller could be their best shrewd move within the parameters of their salary cap situation.
Mueller has been injury plagued, but when healthy, he has shown amazing offensive instincts and is in need of a fresh start. A veteran of nearly 300 NHL games, the 26-year-old Minnesota native played in Switzerland last season, registering nearly a point per game with Kloten. Now, he wants to attempt an NHL comeback and Boston is by far the best fit for him.
At 6-foot-2, 200+ pounds, Mueller would provide size along the wing and a righty shot, something the Bruins’ wingers lack. His versatility could make him a fixture anywhere in the lineup, from the top line alongside David Krejci and Milan Lucic, to the 4th line where his skill would give the Bruins a new look in their bottom six.
I think his best spot would be alongside Krejci and Lucic, as the tandem has always played their best when they have a power forward on their right (Nathan Horton and Iginla brought the best out of them). Playing alongside a natural playmaker like Krejci would make Muller’s life easy, as he’d be able to unleash his lethal shot like never before.
If Mueller’s injuries are indeed behind him, it would behoove the Bruins to bring him for short money and allow him to get his career back on track. With the way players are leaving, they need to take what they can get.