NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 12: Gabriel Landeskog #92, Ryan O'Reilly #37, Milan Hejduk #23, and Stefan Elliott #46 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate after a goal against the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on January 12, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
According to multiple, credible (read: not Eklund) sources, the Florida Panthers have signed former first round talent Peter Mueller to a one year, 1.75 million dollar contract.
The story behind Mueller is a little longer than you'd like for a player who only turned 24 a few months ago. Mueller was rumored to have locker room issues with the Coyotes and was traded to the Colorado Avalanche after 2.5 seasons for Wojtek Wolski and Kevin Porter at the 2010 deadline. In the 15 games afterwards, Mueller would explode with 9G/11A and help push the Avs to the playoffs. However, a major concussion on the eve of the playoffs and again in preseason would force Muels to sit out the 2010-11 season. After making his eagerly awaited return to the ice last season, Mueller would again miss time to a concussion sustained mid-season. His hands are soft as butter but his head is no stronger than an eggshell, and the risk presented in resigning him was too great for the Avs who chose not to send him a qualifying offer.
Speaking of finding new homes, Wojtek Wolski has also found a new home.
Washington signed Wojtek Wolski to a one-year deal worth $600,000, giving them additional depth up front and perhaps a second-line winger.
"There’s already so many great players in those top two lines," said Wolski, who added that the Capitals have said they see him in a top-six role. "I’d like to help fill another spot in that area and I think we’re going to have a lot of success."
Wolski, 26, recorded 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 31 games during the 2011-12 season, which he spent with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers. He struggled with injuries early on as well and underwent sports hernia surgery to repair a lingering groin issue in November 2011.
Kroenke is doing some good.
"Colorado currently has the 6th highest suicide rate in the nation," notes Jarrod Hindman, director of Colorado's Office of Suicide Prevention. "Men between the ages of 25 and 54 represent a significant portion of suicide deaths in the state, and the numbers are on the rise. It is clear that we have to do something to target this difficult to reach audience."
Initial funding for the project was provided through a grant from The Anschutz Foundation to help develop the campaign. Promotional partners include Kroenke Sports Charities and their teams including the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids and Colorado Mammoth. Media promotional partners include Altitude Sports and Entertainment, Comcast and Charter Media.