Peter Mueller: With What Team Will He Finish the Season?

Derek PivkoCorrespondent IDecember 26, 2009

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 26: Peter Mueller #88 of the Phoenix Coyotes skates against the Phoenix Coyotes at Madison Square Garden on October 26, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The biggest name that has drawn the most off-the-ice attention for the Phoenix Coyotes is Peter Mueller.

Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Toews, and Peter Mueller are the only teen-aged rookies to score at least 50 points since the NHL lock-out back in 2005.

Despite the potential, Mueller has struggled this season with the Coyotes.

Mueller’s ice-time has decreased this season as well—his last game on Wednesday, he registered 11:09 minutes on the ice, the second-fewest minutes on the team next to Paul Bissonnette.

Mueller’s best season with the Coyotes came during his rookie season, when he registered 54 points. Last season was a bit of a downer for Mueller, who registered for 36 points.

Heading into this season, Mueller was predicted to be one of the team leaders in scoring. As of today, Mueller has only scored once.

It has been a very frustrating season for Mueller, as the Coyotes have become one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference. While the Coyotes continue to win, Mueller has not contributed much to their success.

The only category that Mueller leads the team in is in trade discussions. This season, the rumors of trading Mueller has drawn a lot of interest amongst NHL teams.

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Mueller’s name has been discussed amongst teams including: New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Thrashers, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

The question is: Which team will Mueller finish the season with?

Here is a list of rumored trades involving the trading Peter Mueller.

  • New York Rangers send either Ryan Callahan or Brandon Dubinsky for Mueller.
  • Vancouver Canucks send either Ryan Kesler or Shane O’Brien in exchange for Mueller.
  • Atlanta Thrashers send Ilya Kovalchuk in exchange for two 2010 first round picks, Mikkel Boedker and Mueller.
  • Philadelphia Flyers send Jeff Carter for Mueller.
  • Carolina Hurricanes send Eric Staal for a first round pick, Keith Yandle and Mueller.

The trade proposal for Jeff Carter for Peter Mueller is rather interesting.

The Flyers are one of the most surprising teams this season, for all the wrong reasons.

Heading into the season, Barry Melrose and Pierre LeBrun predicted the Flyers to win the Atlantic Division, not sit at the bottom of the Atlantic, as they stand now.

The Flyers sending Jeff Carter to Phoenix might be a little out of reach, as Carter is currently second on the team in scoring.

However, what this trade would do is free up some cap space as players like Mike Richards and Chris Pronger eat up the majority of cap space in Philadelphia.

Carter signed a three-year deal with the Flyers back in 2008 worth over $15 million. If the Flyers want to shake things up, perhaps they could give the Coyotes a call.

The Coyotes, Anaheim Ducks, and the Boston Bruins are the only teams so far this season with two first round draft picks in the 2010 NHL draft.

The Ducks acquired the Flyers' first round draft pick in exchange for Pronger last season. The Flyers do not have a first round draft pick this season and this upcoming draft is predicted to be one of the top classes since the 2003 draft.

With the Coyotes having two first round draft picks in a loaded draft, don’t be surprised to see the Coyotes make a move involving Mueller and a first round draft pick in exchange for a shooter like Jeff Carter or another quality player that could take the Coyotes to another level.

A level which the Coyotes haven’t experienced in years.