Originally written on PredsOnTheGlass  |  Last updated 1/19/12

It was not a surprise to anyone that Chris Mueller was sent back to Milwaukee on Wednesday by the Nashville Predators. He was a healthy scratch on Tuesday in the game against the New York Rangers and Craig Smith returned to the line-up from his illness.

Mueller is a highly valuable player to the Preds organization. He can play any forward position and can fit on any line if needed. He can be ready to jump in with the Predators with a moment's notice as he has done several times.

Barry Trotz indicated that he has full trust in Mueller and compared him to Vern Fiddler after last Saturday's game. Mueller will represent the Admirals at the AHL All-Star game later this month.

Make the jump for the full press release from the Predators...


NASHVILLE PREDATORS REASSIGN FORWARD CHRIS MUELLER TO MILWAUKEE

Nashville, Tenn. (January 18, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has reassigned forward Chris Mueller (KRIHS MEW-luhr) to Milwaukee (AHL).

Mueller, 25 (3/6/86), 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).

More Later...

Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass
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