Peter Mueller’s last regular-season NHL action came in 2013 with the Panthers. (Robert Mayer/USA Today Sports)
Peter Mueller wants another shot at the NHL, and it appears the Bruins will at least entertain the idea.
According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Bruins will have Mueller, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 draft, in camp on a professional tryout. The 28-year-old center has played the last three seasons overseas, spending last season with the Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish Hockey League.
Mueller spent five seasons in the NHL after playing his junior hockey with 2007 Bruins first-rounder Zach Hamill on the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. Selected by the Coyotes, Mueller spent parts of three seasons in Phoenix before being traded to the Avalanche during the 2009-10 season.
Concussions derailed Mueller’s career for a time, as he missed the entire 2010-11 season due to a head injury sustained during the preseason. Mueller would play one more season in Colorado and one in Florida before leaving North America to play in the Swiss National League.
After one season in Sweden, Mueller signed a one-year contract to return to the NHL with the Blues for the 2014-15 campaign, but the sides agreed to a mutual termination of his contract prior to the start of the season. Mueller then returned to Switzerland.
Not helping Mueller’s case is the fact that he had his best season in the NHL as a rookie, when he scored 22 goals and added 32 assists for 54 points in 2007-08. He failed to play 45 games in each of his final two seasons in the NHL (three if you count the one he missed altogether).
Last season, Mueller scored 13 goals and had 12 assists for 25 points in 43 games for Malmö.
It’s unclear where the Bruins could see Mueller fitting in on their NHL roster, if at all. The team is overflowing with bottom-six centers at this point, as they recently added Dominic Moore to a group that already included Ryan Spooner, Noel Acciari and potentially David Backes.