It's interesting in the sense that it's two surprising teams competing for playoff spots in the Western Conference, separated by just three points in the standings. It also appears to be a real head-scratcher for the Avalanche, at least at the present time.
Mueller, the No. 8 overall pick in 2006, has been quite an enigma in Phoenix since he burst onto the scene with 54 points during his rookie season. He has talent, yes, but his production has plummeted in each of the past three seasons, all the way down to 17 points (only four goals) in 54 games this season.
It's possible that a change of scenery will do him well, but the timing of the deal seems odd from a Colorado standpoint, especially since it may have strengthened a Western Conference contender by sending its second-leading scorer to Phoenix.
Wolski, a 24-year-old former first-round pick, has spent much of the season playing on Paul Stastny's wing and is on pace to have the best season of his five-year career. A 45-50 point performer from year-to-year, Wolski has a reputation for being an extremely streaky scorer and has been known to disappear for games -- or, perhaps even weeks -- at a time only to come back with four goals in three games. Hardly an impact player; but a solid player that makes Phoenix a better team.
It's the second move of the day for the Coyotes, having already picked up defenseman Derek Morris from Boston for a 2011 draft pick. Wolski, streaky as he may be, should upgrade an offense that is currently 25th in the league scoring 2.53 goals-per-game.