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Waiver wire: Samuelsson waived by Detroit, O’Brien by Calgary

Jan 25, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

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Detroit Red Wings forward Mikael Samuelsson and Calgary Flames defenseman Shane O’Brien were waived by their teams this afternoon.

The Red Wings are expecting Johan Franzen to return to action on Sunday and to make room for him they opted to waive Samuelsson.

Samuelsson’s season has been a rough one, playing in 26 games with one goal and two assists. He’s been a healthy scratch often this season and has lost his spot in the lineup to the younger players like Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, and Gustav Nyquist.

O’Brien landing on waivers also doesn’t come as much of a surprise, although he’s had more game time this season. In 45 games, he has three assists and 58 penalty minutes. Kris Russell‘s return to the Flames lineup forced O’Brien to the press box. He has averaged 11:16 of ice time this season as a third-pair blue liner.

Both players have until noon tomorrow to be claimed. If they go unclaimed, they’re likely destined for the AHL.

  1. 13datsyuk13 - Jan 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Finally! Thank you Mr. Holland.

    • rbbbaron - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      don’t know that it’s worth thanking the clown who gave sammy that contract and then continued to load up on damaged goods like weiss during the next offseason…

      • bensawesomeness - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        I think anyone who calls Holland a clown clearly doesn’t know what he’s talking about

  2. labrattrick - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Come back to the Panthers Mikael!

    • rbbbaron - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      would you welcome back weiss as well? (we may be willing to eat some of that 5yr/4.9mil contract to make it happen;-)

      • labrattrick - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        For a 50% discount I bet that could be a possibility

  3. redgreentape - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    I hope Holland learns to stop bringing back these older x-wings, he just keeps doing it.

  4. polegojim - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    This is the right call… but you critics forget all the garbage floating earlier this year about the GLUT of forwards the Red Wings had on their roster… WOW…

    It’s a GOOD THING they did… and Sam played the role he was brought in to play, it was a utility role.

    It wasn’t a bad contract or decision… but even if it was… I’d take Hollands less stellar decisions over most GMs BEST decisions, any time… any season.

    Holland has proven to be a personnel GURU… I dare you who criticize to get even remotely the same results he has.

    • polegojim - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:50 PM

      What the heck is up with the tags in my comment???

    • rbbbaron - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      before this past offseason, I was quite supportive of holland as well. After the decision to bid farewell to Filppula and pass up on Lecavalier, I was hopeful that better things were on the way…wow, what a flop. Alfredsson for a year at 5mil has turned out to be a good signing so far, but that’s completely outweighed by the horrible contract he gave Weiss. Weiss was showing himself to be injury-prone (arguably more so that Lecavalier) and Holland thought he was worth 4.9mil for the next 5yrs!? Yeah yeah, holland has to compete for free agents these days, but given how well the young guys played down the stretch and in the playoffs, going out and saddling your roster with such a player at those terms was unspeakably stupid (holland himself admitted at the beginning of the season that we have too many forwards…wtf, where was that foresight earlier…)
      that’s 2 consecutive off-seasons where holland has overpaid for superfluous talent (again, Alfie’s value is completely negated by the Weiss contract). Just because holland was able to take over a stacked roster 17 years ago and did no harm doesn’t mean he’s the man going forward. Lidstrom wasn’t just making whoever played with him look good, he was also covering for Holland’s mistakes (Ian White being the best example)

  5. wingsfan97 - Jan 25, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Finally…now it’s time to waive quincey

    • rbbbaron - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      quincey hasn’t been good, but who is going to replace him? blueline depth was something i expected holland to address in the offseason…so much for that

  6. dewman8810 - Jan 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Weiss probably got hurt because he really wasn’t in game shape because of missing so much time before this season. If he gets healthy and back on the ice, I don’t think it’s so far fetched that he becomes useful to this team.

    As far as Sammy getting waived, all it’s going to do is hurt the Griffins too. Hopefully some really desperate team picks him up… doubtful because of his cap hit.

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