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Peter Mueller signs one-year deal with club in Switzerland

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Peter Mueller is headed overseas after his one season in Florida. (USATSI)
Peter Mueller is headed overseas after his one season in Florida. (USATSI)

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Last year, Peter Mueller landed a one-year deal late in free agency from the Florida Panthers to try and prove he was back to form after years of injury issues.

One summer later, Mueller was unable to land another NHL spot and is instead headed overseas.

It's mildly surprising that Mueller couldn't find a gig on the cheap in the NHL, he had a decent return to the ice this past season playing for a dreadful Florida team. He started the year pretty strong but finished with a whimper, scoring just two goals and six assists in the last 23 games of the season. In total he finished with eight goals and nine assists. Great numbers hardly but remember that he didn't have a ton of help around him and that he's still young at 25 years of age.

At the same time it's another illustration of how this summer in particular is putting the squeeze on the lower tier free agents. If nothing else you'd think he could have fetched a two-way deal with a shot to earn a position with a big club but it's not in the cards. A few players might be following his lead, possibly even Damien Brunner while he waits for a contract in the NHL.

Mueller was an unrestricted free agent because the Panthers failed to send him a qualifying offer, before that he was a restricted free agent. He signed with Florida after a couple of short seasons in Colorado. In 2011-12 he had seven goals and nine assists in 32 games for the Avs. His best season came as a rookie in Phoenix when Mueller had 22 goals and 32 assists.

By the way, Kloten also signed defenseman Jim Vandermeer, who last played for the Sharks in 2011-12.

 
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