St. Louis Blues

July 29, 2014

Blues sign former first-round pick Mueller

Veteran center Peter Mueller has been signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the St. Louis Blues, who are giving the former Phoenix and Colorado forward another shot at the NHL.

The eighth overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft had 24 goals and 46 points in 49 games last season with Kloten of the Swiss-A League in Switzerland.

Mueller (6-foot-2, 209 pounds), 26, also had a goal and four points in eight games earlier this summer while playing for Team USA at the World Championships.

As a rookie with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2007-08, Mueller had 22 goals and 54 points in 81 games. After slumping a bit following a promising start to his career, the first-round pick was dealt to the Colorado Avalanche in 2009-10.

After missing more than a season with another concussion, Mueller had seven goals and 16 points in 32 games with Colorado in 2011-12. He left as a free agent to sign with Florida, where he had eight goals and 17 points in 43 games during 2012-13.

The Bloomington, Minn., native has 63 goals and 160 points in 297 NHL games, but he has battled through several concussions.

Because of the glut of forwards already on the Blues' roster, many under one-way contracts, it would seem Mueller would be a depth player providing help in case of injuries or needs that may arise during the season.

However, the loss of valuable forward Vladimir Sobotka earlier this summer could create an opportunity for a player like Mueller that has experienced NHL success in the past.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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