Nashville, Tenn. (January 18, 2012) –
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward
|The move to re-assign Chris Mueller to Milwaukee is a subtle signal on a couple of fronts. First, the coaches are comfortable that Craig Smith is able to go. Smith was sick over the weekend and missed the games on Saturday and Monday before returning to the lineup last night; the coaches must be confident that he's kicked the bug that was ailing him over the weekend and is back to strength. The move also signals that Jerred Smithson is likely close to returning to the lineup. All things being equal, Coach Trotz and staff prefer to have roster flexibility with the game night lineup -- without Smithson and Mueller the Preds would be looking at 12 forwards on the roster (with either six or seven healthy defensemen, pending Suter's status). With Smithson, the Preds would have 13 forwards and the coaches would have the flexibility to move a forward in or out of the lineup based on match-ups. |
--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com
to Milwaukee (AHL).
Mueller, 25, suited up for two games during his four-day recall, going pointless. He returns to Milwaukee where he leads the team in points (15g-11a-26pts) and goals, playing in 33 of the Admirals 36 games in 2011-12. The West Seneca, N.Y., native is slated to appear in the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, N.J., on Jan. 29-30.
The Predators look to finish up their current three-game road trip with a win against the division-rival Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night at 6 p.m. (FS-TN, 102.5 The Game) before returning home on Saturday to take on the Chicago Blackhawks in a McDonald’s Family 4 Pack matchup (7 p.m., FS-TN, 102.5 The Game). With Saturday’s contest, the Predators look to attain their 15th sellout on the year, just one shy of the number hit in 2010-12. At this rate, the Predators are on pace to surpass the franchise record of 20 sellouts in a regular season, set in the team’s first year of existence (1998-1999).