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Coyotes get Wolski for Mueller, Porter

by Dan Rosen
Colorado and Phoenix are hoping fresh starts produce positive results for Peter Mueller and Wojtek Wolski.

In what could be called the biggest move of the day so far, the Avalanche shipped Wolski to the Coyotes in exchange for Mueller and Kevin Porter, a former Hobey Baker Award winner from the University of Michigan who has appeared in only four NHL games this season.

Wolski and Mueller are top-six quality forwards who are 24 and 21, respectively.

Wolski has had the better season of the two with 17 goals, 30 assists and a plus-15 rating in 62 games for the resurgent Avalanche. He's only three points shy of his career-high of 50, a number he hit as a rookie in 2006-07.

"Wojtek Wolski is a terrific young offensive player," Phoenix GM Don Maloney.  "He is a talented goal scorer that will help us offensively and on the power play. He has great size and is just entering the prime of his career."

In two-plus seasons with the Coyotes, Mueller never could find his niche. He struggled even more under Dave Tippett.

"Peter is a skilled young player who has a tremendous upside," said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. "We feel he will be an important addition to our lineup. Kevin will add more depth up front. He spent some extended time in the NHL last season and we look forward to having him join our organization."  

Mueller, the eighth overall pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, has just 17 points in 54 games this season. He was one of the top rookies in 2007-08 producing 22 goals and 54 points in 81 games, but his numbers dipped last season to 13 goals and 36 points in 72 games.

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