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Entries with the tag: mikael samuelsson
I take a little break, did some shopping and come back to more signings.
Funny, see what I bought below…
from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,
It seems timely with the Vancouver Canucks and former Panther David Booth coming to town, that another Panther, Mikael Samuelsson, has admitted to the Vancouver Province that he did indeed sustain a concussion last month despite the team not being publicly forthright with their medical diagnosis.
I understand that ‘concussion’ has become a dirty word in sports these days, but once it’s obvious a player has sustained a head injury and is out of action shouldn’t NHL teams be held accountable to issue a truthful diagnosis to the press? I will find out….
However the Panthers told us it was a lower body injury and then a bruised tailbone. I took their word for it. No longer.
from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,
He (Mikael Samuelsson) sees no reasons for the fabled Cup hangover to affect the Canucks.
“Let’s see how we respond this year,” he said. “Guys, myself included, want to get back on a winning note.
“I don’t think we should have lesser expectations this year. That being said, it’s not easy going to the final, but we know we’re one of seven or eight teams that are really good.
“We’ve just got to go and show it.”
He was a frustrated spectator, watching as the Canucks finished off the Predators, then the Sharks, before losing four of their final five games against Boston.
Mikael Samuelsson, Henrik Lundqvist and referee Marcus Vinnerborg share a Swedish moment.
from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,
Oh, hey there Mikael. Thanks for coming to see us. So, uh, we really didn’t want things to get to this point, but knowing how you respond to being publicly humiliated…
YOU NEED TO WAKE THE **** UP!
Do we have your attention now? Good. Because you are playing like garbage out there. A factory of monkeys making microchips would be more productive. AND A FACTORY OF MONKEYS MAKING MICROCHIPS WOULD BE A DISASTER BECAUSE THEY WOULD NOT UNDERSTAND THE TECHNOLOGY.
In case you haven’t been counting, you have two goals. One. Two. That’s all you have. You know who else has two goals? Tyler Bozak, Kris Versteeg, Tim Brent and Colton Orr. You know what team those guys play for? The Toronto Maple Leafs. Would you like to be a Toronto Maple Leaf? Because that could be arranged. THE TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOK-OUT FOR TERRIBLE PLAYERS.
Mikael Samuelsson, his second of the game, with the game winner.
via the Vancouver Canucks Twitter,
Mikael (Samuelsson) will likely be out 2-3 weeks with an ‘upper body’ injury.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
A career season, and making good on a giant middle finger.
For Mikael Samuelsson, life doesn’t get better than this.
The Vancouver Canucks forward is skating with countrymen Daniel and Henrik Sedin on the NHL team’s top line and showing Sweden’s hockey establishment what it was missing at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Samuelsson was perhaps the most glaring Olympic snub – in his home city, no less – yet has responded with 20 of his career-high 30 goals since being bypassed for the likes of Mattias Weinhandl and Fredrik Modin when Sweden’s team was selected in late December.
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is encouraged by the Samuelsson signing—and not just because he is one of only two members of the team to have a Stanley Cup ring.
“Sammy and I played together in Florida and I’ve always thought he was kind of an under-the-radar player with the skills he has and the way he shoots the puck,” Luongo said. “In Detroit, he learned how to play the right way—effective both offensively and defensively. And ... he’s still got those skills, which is good for us.”
Samuelsson smiled when he heard what Luongo said and agreed.
“I’ve always thought I could do some damage in this league, and I still think I can,” he said. “I came into Detroit four years ago ready to play a lot. It was an easy team to play for, especially for me as what you would call a late bloomer. I got more and more confidence each year I was with the Wings.
“That’s the confidence I have right now. I believe in myself, I know what I can do out there. The records may show I’m 32, but I’m physically fit and have played only 400-some games in the NHL. Today I feel like I’m about 20.”
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
The three-year, $7.5-million contract he signed with the Canucks was $1 million a year more than what Detroit offered. Vancouver didn’t mind, even if Samuelsson’s high-water mark was 45 points. The Canucks believed they had a 60- to 70-point player who had been hidden batting eighth in Detroit’s lineup.
So far, it looks like they’re right.
“It’s up to you to say, but this is what I wanted when I came here,” says Samuelsson, who has so far artfully used the extra two minutes a game he’s getting in Vancouver to double his points-per-game from 0.5 to one. “I wanted a fair chance to prove I can be a big part of an offence.”
But investing in Samuelsson was based on more than potential point totals. His experience stands out in the Canucks dressing room like a funny joke on Jay Leno. Even the multimillion-dollar facelift couldn’t take care of the playoff skeletons in GM Place. Maybe Samuelsson can. He is one of the few Canucks who has actually won a big game. Or three.
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
It’s fine to pass around the praise, but Samuelsson made a smart play and he was acquired in free agency to contribute points and poise to the Canucks. Did he not take that from being in the Red Wings fold?
“That’s a good question,” said Samuelsson. “What did I take? I don’t know what I took, but it was a great atmosphere with a great structure and everybody knows what they are doing. What more can I say? They don’t expect anybody to sneak under the radar.
“If you’re not accountable, you’re not on the team. And that’s a good thing. It puts pressure on you, but if you can’t handle it, you shouldn’t be there anyway. They expect a lot.”
more on the Canucks…
“I like to get into some scrums in front of the net. I try to play a little gritty. I’m not tough or anything like that, but I try to play hard, go to the net and shoot a lot of pucks and stay for rebounds.”
-Mikael Samuelsson of the Vancouver Canucks. More on Samuelsson from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province.
The Detroit Red Wings are about to lose another of its free agents as Mikael Samuelsson is poised to sign elsewhere.
Sources tell Sportsnet that the Swedish winger is close to a deal with one of the six Canadian teams.
Samuelsson, 32, has played the past four seasons in Detroit, averaging $1.2 million in salary. In 2008-09 he appeared in 81 games, scoring 19 goals and 40 points.
Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that the Canucks have signed right winger Mikael Samuelsson to a three-year deal. In keeping with club policy terms were not disclosed.
This from Kevin Allen’s Twitter....
Believing Hossa won’t get done in Detroit if he won’t accept a “Franzen style deal” Red Wings have less than $4 million left.
Hearing Red Wings did make an offer to Mikael Samuelsson that didn’t get it done.