The Milwaukee defenseman's weekend began with a viral video and ended with one of the biggest honors in his career.
Chris Mueller hopes to do enough in the four-day training camp to crack the Predators’ opening night roster.
Chris Mueller of the Milwaukee Admirals joins this edition of the podcast.
Leaving the Admirals to take over as head coach of the University of Alberta, Herbers leaves the Milwaukee position open for the third time in the span of a year.
Kyle Wilson’s goal with 3 seconds left in OT gave Milwaukee a 3-2 win over Houston. More, including the Admirals official game story, after the jump.
Chris Mueller is Milwaukee’s lone representative at the 2012 AHL All Star Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Answering the age-old question of whether or not hockey players play as themselves in video games.
A few Predators and a Blue Jacket share their opinions on the NHL’s new social media restrictions.
Mark Dekanich may have finally found his path to the NHL.
The 25-year old Milwaukee Admirals goaltender signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. The deal guarantees him almost 10 times as much money as he was making in Milwaukee…not a bad weekend for someone who is also getting married on Saturday.
Stuck in an almost impossible situation last season in the Predators organization behind Pekka Rinne and Anders Lindback, Dekanich managed to put up extremely impressive numbers during his All Star season in Milwaukee. During the 2010-11 campaign, “Dex” finished 3rd in the AHL in GAA with 2.02 and 1st in save percentage with a 0.931. Until a knee injury ended his season prematurely, he was quite possibly the best goalie in the American Hockey League. In addition, he saw a few games in Nashville and made it into a game against the Kings in which he played 50 minutes of relief.
The Colgate alum had a remarkable bounce back from last season, in which his struggles in net actually forced the Predators to send him to the ECHL for a weekend – a weekend in which he only let in one goal and managed to gather up ECHL player of the week.
“I’ve never been handed anything in my career,” Dekanich said last season. “I’ve always been overlooked and sort of the underdog in a lot of ways and that experience was no exception.”
Playing with a chip on his shoulder, he is probably the hardest worker on any team on which he plays.
While he would never admit it, signing with Columbus was most likely a very calculated decision – Steve Mason is currently the starting goaltender in Columbus, but has struggled mightily since his Calder Trophy year in 2008-2009. Dekanich has the work ethic to become a number one goaltender in the NHL and Steve Mason’s position may be prime for the taking.
It is quite possible that on October 7, when the Predators come to Columbus for the season opener, Mark Dekanich will be making his first career start against the team that drafted him 146th overall in 2006.
Press releases from Milwaukee and Columbus after the jump.
It’s been an exciting week for the Barry Trotz Coaching Tree.
First, Lane Lambert was called up from Milwaukee to fill the spot on the bench recently vacated by Brent Peterson. Then, former Milwaukee Admirals head coach Claude Noel was named the first head coach of the new Winnipeg Jets.
Finally, today, the Predators hired “Captain Kirk” himself – Kirk Muller – to fill the spot vacated by Lambert in Milwaukee.
Muller, who won the Stanley Cup in 1993 with Montreal, played 1,349 NHL games for 6 different teams during his career. Most notably, he spent 4 seasons as captain of the New Jersey Devils and another season as captain of the Montreal Canadiens.
A hire like Muller is a win for the Predators. Muller is a well-known name who was a captain in the most traditional hockey market in the league. In addition, he’s been seen as an up-and-comer for the past few seasons. Getting a guy like Muller is a ringing endorsement for the direction in which the franchise is headed.
(Press release after the jump)