Avalanche Don’t Send Mueller QO, Mueller to be UFA

The Colorado Avalanche decided not to send RFA forward Peter Mueller a qualifying offer which will allows him to test the free agency market.

The Colorado Avalanche are taking a risk because of Mueller’s injury track over the past few seasons.  Over the past three seasons (1 with Phoenix, 2 with Colorado), Mueller has played in just 101 games as he missed a majority of the time with concussions and dealing with post-concussion syndrome along with a torso injury this past season.

Because of his injury issues in the past, any team would be taking a gamble in signing Mueller.  There is no doubt that Mueller is a great player when he is healthy. He scored 22 goals and 54 points in his first NHL season, but that is the only season he’s been fully healthy of his five year NHL career. But, the injuries cause a concern when signing him.  No one, even Mueller himself, knows if or when his concussion like symptoms will resurface.  Any headache could land Mueller on the IR for months at a time.  This would create salary cap problems as it would be wasted space.

With this being an obvious risk, many teams may shy away from even offering Mueller a contract.  But, some may offer Mueller a smaller contract ($1.5M/season or less) thus not taking up a lot of salary cap room.  This would make for a low risk, high reward scenario if Mueller can stay healthy and get back to a dominant level of play.  A couple teams that may be interested in offering Mueller a contract to boost their offense include the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Buffalo Sabres.

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