Mirco Mueller

Sharks sign ’13 first-round pick Mueller, send him to juniors

Mirco Mueller was San Jose’s 2013 first-round pick, 18th overall, and now he’s officially in the fold.

The Sharks announced they signed Mueller to his three-year, entry-level deal and are sending him back to his junior team, the Everett Silvertips of the WHL.

Mueller was the WHL rookie of the year last year after putting up 31 points, second-best amongst rookie defensemen in the league. After getting a chance to show the Sharks what he’s got early in camp, he’ll head back to his junior team to continue his development.

As it is, San Jose’s blue line corps didn’t offer much hope for competition to start and Mueller would’ve needed to be other-worldly in his play to stick around. At 18 years old, he’ll be just fine back in Everett.

Derek Roy continues his career in Switzerland

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Derek Roy will continue his pro career overseas, as he has signed a contract with Bern in the Swiss League.

Roy attended training camp on a professional tryout with the Washington Capitals, but he was unable to claim a spot on their roster.

The 32-year-old had some great years in the NHL, but since the 2011-12 season Roy had suited up for six different teams (excluding his PTO with the Caps).

His best season came in 2007-08 when he scored 32 goals and 81 points in 78 games with the Buffalo Sabres.

Roy will leave the NHL with 189 goals and 524 points in 738 career games.

He will join former NHLers Cory Conacher, Andrew Ebbett, Chuck Kobasew, Simon Moser and Sean Bergenheim in Bern.


Sabres place Lehner on IR; Recall Lieuwen

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They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.

The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.

In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.

The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.

Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.

The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).

McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.