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Bruins ink Peter Mueller to training camp PTO

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Peter Mueller is getting another kick at the can.

On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Mueller — who spent last season with Malmo of the Swedish League — has signed a professional tryout to join Boston at training camp.

It’s an interesting deal for an interesting player.

Mueller, 28, was the eighth overall pick in 2006 and showed promise — including a 22-goal, 54-point rookie campaign with the Coyotes — before getting sidetracked by concussions, and missing all of the 2010-11 season.

He left the NHL in 2013, opting to sign with Kloten of the Swiss League. There, he established himself as one of the league’s best scorers, and landed a deal with St. Louis the following summer.

Mueller failed to stick with the Blues, however, and opted to re-join Kloten rather than accept an AHL assignment. He spent one more year in Switzerland before jumping to Malmo last season, where he had 13 goals and 25 points in 43 games.

Traditionally a center, Mueller will (presumably) be in tough to make the Bruins out of camp. The team has relatively decent depth down the middle in Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, David Backes, Ryan Spooner and the recently signed Dominic Moore.

That said, he does have NHL talent.

Despite parting ways with the Blues two summers ago, GM Doug Armstrong did say “we viewed [Mueller] as a top nine player,” one that would have been back up with the club eventually, had he decided to accept a stint in the American League.

Ovechkin to captain Russia at World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY 22:  Alexander Ovechkin #8 of Russia skates against USA at Ice Palace on May 22, 2016 in Moscow, Russia.  (Photo by Anna Sergeeva/Getty Images)
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Team Russia has named its leadership group for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey and, to nobody’s surprise, Alex Ovechkin is spearheading the committee.

Ovechkin will captain the team for the tournament, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday. Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk will round out the group by serving as alternates.

The decision to slap the “C” on Ovi was a no-brainer. He’s captained Washington for the last six seasons, and served in the same role when Russia won the World Hockey Championships in 2014.

 

‘He’s earned it’ — Jets name Wheeler new captain

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 16: Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 16, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
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It was widely assumed that Blake Wheeler would inherit Andrew Ladd‘s captaincy in Winnipeg and, on Wednesday, the club made it official.

Wheeler, 30, will become the second player to captain the Jets since the franchise moved from Atlanta in 2011, with Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele serving as alternates.

The Wheeler decision was something of a no-brainer, as he’s one of the club’s longest tenured player (seven seasons and counting), spending the the last three as one of Ladd’s alternate captains.

In the summer of ’13, Wheeler inked a six-year, $33.6 million extension with the Jets and has since established himself as one of the clubhouse leaders. He was a prominent voice during the Evander Kane saga, mincing no words when explaining what was expected of Jets players.

“There’s a standard that everyone needs to live up to,” Wheeler said, per the Sun. “We’re professionals, we make a lot of money. And we’re expected to uphold a certain standard. That’s the code we live by.

“If you don’t like it then there’s other places to go. This is the way we do things.”

Flyers unveil golden 50th anniversary jerseys

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It might seem inappropriate to release Flyers news on Pittsburgh Penguins day at PHT but, given the immediate backlash to said news, maybe it’s appropriate after all.

On Wednesday, the Flyers unveiled their commemorative 50th anniversary jerseys, which are basically regular Flyers jerseys, but with some gold on them.

Not sure what else to say. They’re gold. Guess it’s worth mentioning the inside collar of each jersey is emblazoned with “EST. 1967,” an homage to the year the Flyers entered the NHL as an expansion franchise.

Oh yeah, Philly will wear the new third jersey 12 times this season, per TSN.

Shortly after the release, the Internet went ahead and did what it does:

For more on the jerseys, click here.

Stars promote White, Janko to assistant GM roles

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Jim Nill of the Detroit Red Wings works the draft floor during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Stars made some front office adjustments on Wednesday.

Longtime executive Les Jackson, 63, has been “elevated” from his role as Jim Nill’s assistant GM to “senior advisor to the general manager” while Scott White, the GM of Dallas’ AHL affiliate in Texas, has been promoted to AGM.

White will work alongside fellow new AGM Mark Janko, who was promoted from his role as the club’s director of hockey administration.

What does it all mean?

Not a ton, though it’s interesting to note the club is shifting Jackson’s role after he was close to taking the Arizona gig earlier this year.

Jackson was believed to be the original frontrunner to replace the outgoing Don Maloney but, after he and the Coyotes were unable to strike a deal, the club proceeded to hire 26-year-old John Chayka, the youngest GM in NHL history.