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Detroit’s Samuelsson signs in Swedish league

Jul 29, 2014, 3:28 PM EDT

Mikael Samuelsson

After 13 years, nearly 700 games and one Stanley Cup championship, Mikael Samuelsson has left the NHL and signed in the Swedish league.

The 37-year-old veteran has joined with Djurgarden, the club announced on Tuesday. The move completes Samuelsson’s circle, so to speak, as he started out playing in the Swedish league (for Sodertalje and Frolunda) before moving to North American in 2000.

A well-traveled journeyman — spending time in San Jose,  New York, Florida, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Vancouver — Samuelsson enjoyed most of his success with the Red Wings, capturing Lord Stanley’s Mug in 2008, scoring 13 points in 22 playoff games. His best individual season, however, came with Vancouver during the 2009-10 campaign, when he found chemistry with fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin and scored a career-high 30 goals.

Samuelsson leaves the NHL with 346 points in 699 regular season games and an impressive 60 points in 104 playoff contests.


  1. pjblake2redwings - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Thank you for the few good years in Detroit and luckily Holland finally cut ties with him! Did decent when we won the cup last but after that fell off fast and was just a huge cap burden the past few years

    • redwings1977 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      During his first stint with Detroit he was clutch at point on the power play. I was hoping he’d do the same when he came back but no dice.

  2. blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Heja Djurgarden !

    So he’s off to Stockholm’s ‘animal garden’ eh ? Well that’s kind off fitting, seeing how he left one zoo here in Vancouver to join another one there in Sweden. Lycka till min vän ! … Kamrat Blomfeld :)

  3. isphet71 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Good luck, Sammy. Thanks for all the hard work and the good early years of your career.

  4. jweipp17 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Wonder if that team would be interested in Dan Cleary too…

  5. 19inarow - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    God I’m f’ing old.

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