Looks like Chris Mueller got a slightly post-dated Christmas present from the Nashville Predators. Mueller signed a two-way contract, making him an NHL option for the Predators, who are ravaged by injuries at the current moment.
This appears to be a sign-and-play immediately deal for Mueller, as the forward is expected to make his NHL debut on Tuesday night as the Predators face the Dallas Stars.
Mueller has been nothing short of awesome for Milwaukee in 2010-2011, scoring 12 goals and 20 points. This is a well-deserved promotion for the West Seneca, New York native who was NHL free agent playing on a contract with the Admirals.
Despite the injuries to the Predators you have to wonder what exactly triggered this decision? With Mueller really stepping up his game at the AHL level, interest had to be growing among other NHL clubs.
Did Nashville sign Mueller to prevent him from signing with another NHL club, wanting to keep him within the organization? Or did the Predators sign him, so they could trade him away in the near future? Or did Nashville finally realize what they had in Mueller as a player, and now the organization is ready to mold him into exactly what Barry Trotz wants?
So Roundtable, what do you think?