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Is this it for Peter Mueller after Bruins end his PTO?

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 26: Peter Mueller #93 of the Boston Bruins reacts after missing a shot during the shootout in the preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at TD Garden on September 26, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Peter Mueller clearly wanted to return to the NHL in 2016-17, but that won’t happen with the Boston Bruins.

The team announced that they released Mueller, 28, from his PTO on Sunday.

It’s tough not to wonder if this is it - at least in NHL terms - for the eighth overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft. Mueller hasn’t played at the highest level of hockey since 2012-13, when he scored 17 points in 43 contests with the Florida Panthers.

Mueller has experienced a career of starts and stops, yet it feels like he never truly recovered from the concussion he suffered thanks to a hard hit by Rob Blake.