NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 06: Chris Mueller #17 of the Nashville Predators skates behind the net of goalie Jason LaBarbera #1 of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Bridgestone Arena on December 6, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
With Craig Smith returning to duty last night, the Nashville Predators are sending Chris Mueller back to the Milwaukee Admirals. Mueller acquitted himself well in limited action, fitting in nicely on the 4th line. It looks like he's earned himself a job as the Preds #1 call-up in the event of a roster issue at center, a nice development for a guy who didn't even have an NHL contract early last season.
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This move puts the Preds back at 21 players on the Active Roster, along with Jerred Smithson on Injured Reserve. Ryan Suter has apparently already ruled himself out of tomorrow's game at Columbus, meaning the lineup is pretty much set unless other roster moves take place over the next 24 hours.