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Welcome back: Detroit signs Samuelsson — two years, $6 million

Jul 1, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

Mikael Samuelsson

What’s old is new again in the Motor City.

That’s because a former Red Wing — Mikael Samuelsson — is back in Detroit, having signed a two-year, $6 million contract. The deal has an average annual cap hit of $3 million and includes a full no-trade clause.

Samuelsson spent four years in Detroit following the lockout, winning a Cup in ’08 before losing in the finals the year after. While his highest offensive outputs were with Vancouver — including a 30-goal effort in 2009-10 — the 35-year-old played some of his finest hockey wearing the winged wheel and was a good fit with Detroit’s puck possession style.

Samuelsson spent the second half of last season in Florida and performed strongly, scoring 28 points in 48 games before leading all Panthers with five playoff assists. GM Dale Tallon had expressed an interest in retaining his services, calling Samuelsson a “character guy” that “played well for us.”

Expect the veteran Swede to quickly mesh back into the lineup as many of the key figures from his time in Detroit — Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula and Niklas Kronwall — are all still with the team.

  1. creator69 - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Glad he is back. They have now also Signed Jordin Tootoo 3yr/5.7m 1.9 per season

    • johnguelff - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      love all moves by the wings today!!!

    • polegojim - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Amen – not flashy, but solid – consistent

  2. buffbry - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    I can see the wings now trading quincey cleary kindl and abdelkator for bouwmeester. signing suter and semin and just being under the cap. would look really good like that

    • johnguelff - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      4 players for jbow..when flames have a over packed roster as it is..and why would we trade 4 people for him anyways???

    • pshanks62 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:33 PM

      No one is going to want Cleary…he is old and not very effective….now Quincey + Kindle + prospect for say Nash or B. Ryan maybe….then add Semin and Suter if it’s Ryan NOW were getting places…

      • zaksyuk - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

        were not gona be trading more then 1 Dman all tho things might change tmrw 😀

  3. buffbry - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    gotta make roster room and cap room for him. but jaybo suter kronwall white ericcson smith look like a killer top 6 to me

  4. buffbry - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    I thought for bobby ryan as well for Kindl Quincey and tatar. I’d do that in a heartbeat might have to throw in emmerton too which i’d still do.

    • zaksyuk - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Why do people think were gona trade all of our defense men when this team has so much depth at forward its ridiculous.

  5. buffbry - Jul 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    not gonna happen anyway now that ANH signed Allen and souray, but could see maybe a cleary Kindl Tatar and Emmerton for b. Ryan

  6. redwingsfan999 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    Signing Gustavson was a good signing he’ll make a great back up goalie. Signing Samuelson was good 2 he is a perfect replacement 4 Hudler if not better, he will give around the same amount of stats Hudler did but has a right handed shot which is what the wings need. But I do not like the tootoo signing. Ya he has a right handed shot and is somewhat of a physical player but he is not that great of a player and we don’t need a guy like him, I understand getting more physical but not with tootoo, we need a physical guy who can also play the game like McCarty and maltby used 2 do, and signing tootoo to a 3 year deal is a mistake too cuz he doesn’t have a high trade value so if he doesn’t work out were almost stuck with him

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