Blues sign Peter Mueller, the latest center for their growing collection
The Blues signed center Peter Mueller, who played in the Swiss professional league last season, to a one-year, two-way contract.
Peter Mueller played for Florida before heading to the Swiss league, where he scored a league-best 24 goals last season.
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ST. LOUIS -- The Blues picked up another free-agent center on Tuesday, this one a 26-year-old NHL veteran who played last season in Europe.
Peter Mueller, a native of Bloomington, Minn., who played 49 games for Kloten in the Swiss professional league (NLA) in 2013-14, signed a one-year, two-way contract.
Mueller (6 feet 2, 209 pounds) was a big scorer in the NLA, leading Kloten and ranking third league-wide with 46 points, including a league-best 24 goals.
After the NLA season, Mueller played for the United States at the 2014 World Championships, where he recorded four points (one goal, three assists) in eight tournament games.
Mueller will be in a very new center mix for the Blues this fall. Other centers acquired by the club since the end of last season are Paul Stastny, one of the big free-agent signings of the offseason, as well as Jori Lehtera and Joakim Lindstrom.
Originally drafted eighth overall by the Coyotes in 2006, Mueller previously played for Phoenix (now Arizona), Colorado and Florida of the NHL from 2007-13 before joining Kloten. In 297 career NHL regular-season games, Mueller has scored 160 points (63 goals, 97 assists). His best season was as a rookie for the Coyotes in 2007-08, when he had a career-best 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists).
In addition to his appearance at the 2014 World Championships, Mueller has represented the United States on five other occasions, including the 2007 World Juniors, where he earned a bronze medal.