CENTENNIAL, Colo. – It's quite possible Peter Mueller was never happier about getting banged around than he was Saturday during two scrimmages as the Colorado Avalanche opened training camp at the Family Sports Center.
The physical sessions were the first for the 23-year-old left wing since he suffered a concussion in a preseason game a year ago, one that cost him the entire 2010-11 season.
"I took a couple hits and I gave some hits, and I didn't really feel anything," Mueller said later. "I'm extremely happy with today. It's another step in recovering."
A healthy Mueller could do wonders for the Avalanche, which lost a franchise-record 474 man games to injuries last year and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 30-44-8 record and 68 points, the second-worst figure in the NHL.