Colorado Avalanche trainer Matt Sokolowski, left, tend to center Peter Mueller after he was injured by a hard hit into the glass by San Jose Sharks defenseman Ro Blake late in the third period of the Avalanche’s 5-4 overtime victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Sunday, April 4, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Bad news for the Colorado Avalanche today as
. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater breaks the story
Peter Mueller is out indefinitely with another concussion. He suffered it late in last night’s game and a diagnosis wasn’t made until today.
Mueller dealt with concussion issues last season after taking a
questionable hit from San Jose’s Rob Blake late last year
and missed the rest of the regular season and post-season. For the Avs, this was something they worried about when
negotiating with Mueller on a restricted free agency deal
. Mueller was being counted on to be one of the Avs more consistent offensive producers on a team that will need the goals to keep up with their shooting gallery defense.
For now, the Avs have every reason to be concerned with Mueller’s health. Concussions are no joke and considering how innocuous this injury appears to have occurred, expect Mueller to take his time getting back and be evaluated much closer.