The Miami Herald says the Panthers took a gamble on a player they think can help their offense by signing forward Peter Mueller to a one-year contract on Thursday.
Mueller, 24, is a talented player who scored 22 goals in 81 games as a rookie with Phoenix. Mueller has sustained multiple concussions since, but he said Thursday that his doctors are behind him “100 percent” and that he hasn’t felt this good physically since that freshman campaign in 2007-08. “There are no red flags,’’ Mueller said. “Everything is a go.’’
The Avalanche chose not to tender a contract offer to Mueller (he made $2 million last season and was due a 10 percent raise), thereby putting him on the market at such a young age.
“I’m just looking forward to a fresh start. There’s no secret about my past,’’ said Mueller, who has missed big chunks of the past three seasons because of concussions.
“As I spoke to (GM Dale Tallon), he told me what he’s expecting out of me, and I’m expecting a lot out of myself. I’m coming in with a great attitude. I’m ready to rock and roll this coming season.’’
The Panthers hope that they replaced Mikael Samuelsson with Mueller. If he is able to stay healthy, they just might have.
“We think he can play the point on the power play, has good skills,’’ Tallon said. “I liked him this past year, the two years he played in Denver. We checked him out and everything checked out fine. He’s excited about the opportunity. … He’s young and has a lot of good years ahead of him. If he plays well, he could be here for a very long time.’’