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NHL Rumors: Top 5 Fits for Peter Mueller

Top 5 Fits for Peter Mueller

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Peter Mueller was the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft and has seen his career experience plenty of ups and downs due to a seemingly never-ending injury bug. As he attempts an NHL comeback after a year in Switzerland, Mueller should be looking to hook on with a deep team that would allow him to play a depth role at first and gradually ease his way back into the league.

5. Detroit Red Wings

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5. Detroit Red Wings

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The Wings have an amazing history of recycling talent and Mueller could be their latest salvation attempt. Mueller would fit in anywhere in the lineup and surely benefit from the coaching of Mike Babcock.

4. Boston Bruins

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4. Boston Bruins

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Boston has openings on both the first and fourth line at right wing and depending on the circumstances he could fill either void. Being the righty shooting power forward next to David Krjeci wouldn’t be outside the realm of possibility. Having said that, he’d make the Bruins fourth line one of the best and most skilled in the league alongside Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell.

3. Minnesota Wild

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3. Minnesota Wild

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The Bloomington native would be going home and allowed to play a depth role on an up and coming team in the land of 10,000 Lakes. Playing at home would give him a comfort level off the ice that would allow him to return to his pre-injury form on the ice.

2. Los Angeles Kings

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2. Los Angeles Kings

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Much like the Bruins, he’d be in a depth role to start, but given the injuries that are almost inevitable over the course of the season, he could find himself alongside Anze Kopitar at some point during the season. His youth, skill and large frame would surely be another asset to help the Kings in their title defense.

1. Pittsburgh Penguins

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1. Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby, Letang, Martin
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Unlike the rest of the teams, Mueller would be looking at prime ice time right away as the thought of a 6-foot-2 power forward alongside Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is very intriguing. Add in his low-cost and the Pens’ salary cap issues and this could be an almost perfect match.