It's that time of year again, when even the most minor of roster moves means everyone believes a trade is imminent.
That's exactly what happened Tuesday morning when the Dallas Stars announced they had recalled veteran forward Chris Mueller from the AHL.
While many jumped right into trade speculation, this move has nothing to do with any impending player swap. The Stars have been carrying the minimum 12 forwards for a bit now, and they finally need an injury replacement after one player got dinged in last night's win over Buffalo.
Rich Peverley will miss Tuesday's game at Columbus with an upper body injury. Chris Mueller has been recalled.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 4, 2014
Still think it might have to do with a super-secret trade discussions that the Stars just want to keep quiet? Apparently you didn't listen to Heika the first time.
The Mueller recall has nothing to do with a trade. The trade front is quiet right now for Stars.— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) March 4, 2014
Heika also reported that the injury to Peverley is apparently minor and he's considered day-to-day at this point. So that's good news. Cody Eakin is also apparently good to go after taking a follow through to the face last night, which is also a great sign.
As Josh Bogorad pointed out, Mueller was the player who made his season debut for Peverley when the latter was missing games with the aftermath of treatment for an irregular heartbeat.
Here's the full release on the Mueller recall:
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has recalled forward Chris Mueller from the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League.
Mueller, 27, has appeared in one game for Dallas this season recording one shot and winning five out of six faceoffs (83.3%). He is fourth on Texas with 52 points (24-28=52) in 56 games played and tied for the AHL lead with 14 power play goals.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound native of West Seneca, New York was signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 8, 2013.