Chris Mueller. I neglected to write a report card on him for one single reason, the same reason that this analysis will not be a long and well-researched one like the others.
Chris Mueller signed with the Dallas Stars back on July 8th, 2013, when he became a free agent after serving 3 seasons with the Nashville Predators organization. Though a skillfully minded center, he did not meet the expectations for a starting job by Lindy Ruff’s standards. He spent most of his season as the healthy scratch for the Dallas Stars and Texas Stars, to whom he did not play a single game for the entire regular season.
When Mueller got his first chance to step on the ice in green in the season opener against the Florida Panthers in place of the injured Rich Peverley, he found himself not contributing. With 8 other appearances in the regular season in place of injuries, Mueller ended his NHL and AHL regular seasons with 0 goals and 0 assists… And his playoffs were rough as well. Appearing in 4 of the Stars’ 6 games, he found the net 0 times and he found someone else’s stick for a one-way net bound puck 0 times. These are not enjoyable to look at, if you ask me.
But there is a silver lining. After the Stars playoff defeat, they returned Mueller to the AHL to help the Texas Stars in their quest for the Calder Cup. And in 17 games played, he has accumulated 6 goals and 5 assists, along with his name being constantly repeated about great chances and passes. Mueller fights hard but must’ve just hit a bump in his NHL time.
The Stars have him on a one year deal which means that he will be a UFA come July 1st, open to the highest bidder to suit his fancy. With this situation being imminent, the Stars will need to decide what they are planning on doing with him. In my opinion, the Stars should re-sign Chris Mueller for 2-way help. He can play on the Texas Stars and when Dallas calls, he can bring his fast-paced and helpful play to Big D, and who knows, maybe even get himself his first goal or assist? But his play is worthy for the big boys and he is the perfect fit for the 2-way role. And with his salary of a measly $300,000 for AHL and $600,000 for NHL, it’s almost like we’re robbing 29 other teams.
But that’s what I think. Now you have to tell me what YOU think. Please, I love your feedback. Express below how you feel the Stars should handle Chris Mueller’s situation: