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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 30th, 2014

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Peter Mueller signs with the Blues.

Peter Mueller signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, getting another chance to revive an NHL career that was devastated by concussions.

Mueller spent last season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss-A League, notching 46 points in 49 games, good for second in the league in scoring. (Matthew Lombardi, who led the League, earned a 2-year contract with the New York Rangers earlier this summer.)

His journey in the NHL has been fraught with frustration.

Eric Staal had to have surgery.

Eric Staal is spending a second consecutive NHL off-season recovering from an injury.

The Carolina Hurricanes captain has had surgery for a core muscle injury suffering during training, general manager Ron Francis announced on Tuesday.

“Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh [N.C.] and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” Francis said in a statement released by the team.

Another story that shows just how awesome hockey players are.

When Helen Moser was born the NHL was still seven years away from being founded. It wasn’t until 1967 -- over 40 years after Moser immigrated to the United States from Germany -- that the Philadelphia Flyers entered the league and that she began following the sport and rooting for her hometown team.

On Wednesday, Moser celebrated her 104th birthday with friends and family at the Wesley Enhanced Living retirement community in Upper Moreland, Pennsylvania. It wasn’t just any celebration. The party was Flyers-themed, with Moser and guests rocking sweaters of her favorite team.

At one point during the party a special guest arrived: Bob “The Hound” Kelly, who played 10 years with the Flyers and was a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1974 and 1975. Kelly delivered a cake and presented Moser with a Flyers jersey featuring her name and the number 104 on the back.

Twenty Questions with Subban, they touch on the cost of minor hockey.

9. In a book released last year — Selling the Dream: How Hockey Parents and Their Kids Are Paying the Price for Our National Obsession — it was estimated that Matt Duchene’s family spent more than $320,000 just to get him through minor hockey. Is that possible?
: That’s accurate. That’s not surprising, whatsoever.