Nashville, Tenn. (January 27, 2011) –
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has assigned forward Chris Mueller
, and reassigned forward Matt Halischuk
(mat HUH-lihs-chuhk) to Milwaukee (AHL).
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|This move has less to do about the performance of Halischuk and Mueller and more to do with the NHL schedule and the rehab progress of some of Nashville's injured forwards. |
With the NHL heading into the All-Star Break, the Preds don't play again until Tuesday (Feb. 1). The Milwaukee Admirals play two more games -- Friday and Saturday -- before the AHL breaks for its All-Star festivities. This assignment returns a pair of key forwards to the Admirals lineup for those games. And gives Halischuk and Mueller a chance to play in two more games as they continue their individual development.
On the Preds front, Steve Sullivan and Marek Svatos have both been rehabbing towards returning to the lineup. When the team reconvenes next week, Sullivan and Svatos will be re-evaluated to determine more closely when they can return to the lineup. If it's determined that either is ready for Tuesday night's game against Calgary, the Preds might not have spots in the lineup for other forwards. However, if both are not quite ready for Tuesday night, the Preds would likely recall a forward from Milwaukee. And based on the way Halischuk and Mueller performed in the NHL, each has earned more NHL looks in the future.
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
Halischuk, 22 (6/1/88), played his first five games as a Predator during the club’s just completed six-game road trip, posting three points (1g-2a) and a +3 rating while logging 10:08 per game. The Toronto, Ont., native, acquired from New Jersey in the offseason, made his Nashville debut on Jan. 16 at Chicago, then recorded his first goal with the team at Phoenix two nights later. Halischuk notched his first career two-point/assist performance last Thursday in the Predators’ 5-1 victory at Colorado. The 6-0, 185-pound winger has 16 points (9g-7a) in 29 games for the Admirals in 2010-11.
Mueller, 24 (3/6/86), signed a one-year contract with the Predators on Dec. 27 and has played in 13 of the club’s 15 games since that date, posting three assists while averaging 8:31 of ice time. He notched his first career NHL point/assist on Jan. 16 at Chicago and recorded his first multi-point/assist outing the next game, a 5-2 victory at Phoenix. The West Seneca, N.Y., native returns to Milwaukee where he is ranked second on the team in goals (12), and third in points (20).
The Predators now enjoy a five-day break from the rink while captain Shea Weber
represents the team in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game this weekend in Raleigh, N.C. All-Star Weekend festivities begin with the first-ever NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. CT and continue with the Honda SuperSkills Competition on Saturday at 6 p.m. CT. The weekend concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of all three nights will be provided by VERSUS.
Off the ice, the Predators are gearing up for several key fundraising events. The inaugural Predators Foundation GnashVegas Casino Gala and Auction, presented by Grand Avenue Luxury Transport Services, takes place on Thursday, Feb. 10 over the ice at Bridgestone Arena and the Fangtastic 5k, presented by Action Nissan, which takes a winding tour through downtown Nashville, kicks off on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. For more information on these and other off-ice happenings, visit nashvillepredators.com.