Peter Mueller’s career sounds like something out of a Frank Sinatra song; he’s been up and down and over and out and keeps getting up. This fall he’ll be getting up as a member of the St. Louis Blues and looking to revive his once promising NHL career.
After starting his career with the Arizona Coyotes as a teenager in 2007, Mueller was shipped to the Colorado Avalanche in 2010 where the best and worst moments of his career happened. While his development stalled in the desert, Mueller was en fuego in the Rocky Mountains as he posted 20 points in 15 games down the stretch for the young, upstart Avalanche alongside then rising stars Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly. Then it all came crashing in.
With a few regular season games to go before the Avs made a surprise playoff appearance, Mueller was run from behind by former Av and then San Jose Sharks captain Rob Blake. Mueller sustained a concussion that caused him to play only 75 NHL games between 2010 and 2013. After spending the lockout shortened 2013 season with the Florida Panthers, Mueller bolted to Switzerland and had a great season with the Kloten Flyers this past year.
After turning in a solid World Championship in May with Team USA, Mueller decided to leave Switzerland and attempt an NHL comeback. After a few weeks without finding a suitor, the perennially contending Blues brought Mueller in on a one-year, two-way deal that defines team-friendly.
There is no guarantee Mueller will make the Blues, but if he does and remains healthy he will surely help the team. His size and amazing skill set can benefit the Blues’ bottom six and a strong start could lead to him playing a more prominent role.
The Blues and Mueller hope this comeback is a success and the Bloomington, Minn. native is a crucial contributor to a lengthy playoff run. Even Sinatra couldn’t have written a song that sweet.