NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 03: Derek Roy #9 of the Buffalo Sabres skates against Chris Mueller #17 of the Nashville Predators at the Bridgestone Arena on December 3, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
This just came over the wire from the Preds:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Mueller (KRIHS MEW-luhr) from Milwaukee (AHL) and placed forward Jerred Smithson on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 7.
Mueller, 25 (3/6/86), leads the Admirals in points (15g-11a-26pts) and goals through 33 games in 2011-12. This is the West Seneca, N.Y., native's second recall to Nashville this season - he played a pair of NHL games Dec. 3 (against his hometown Buffalo Sabres) and 6 (vs. Phoenix). A season ago, the 5-11, 203-pound forward appeared in his first 15 NHL contests, registering three assists. Signed as a free agent on Dec. 27, 2010, Mueller posted 104 points (42g-62a) in 166 games (missing just four contests total) with Michigan State University from 2004-08, and helped the Spartans win the 2007 NCAA National Championship, ranking fifth in points (3g-2a) during the NCAA Tournament.
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By making the IR transaction retroactive to January 7, Smithson could theoretically play Monday against the Islanders if he's ready, but since he hasn't been skating lately that isn't likely.