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Goodbye Jiri Hudler, hello Mikael Samuelsson…again…as the Red Wings’ former sniper returns

Updated 6x at 7:03 PM: Well go figure, per TSN’s Gord Miller. The Red Wings have decided that Mikael Samuelsson can go home again:

Det signs Mikael Samuelsson to a two year deal.

In theory, it’s Hudler’s production for the money the Wings wanted to pay Hudler, per TSN’s Bob McKenzie:

Mikael Samuelsson is getting $3M per year on his 2 year deal. Full no trade.

Update: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms...

 

Red Wings bring Mikael Samuelsson back into the fold. They loved his shot, didn’t want to lose him last time around

As does the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan...

Sammy returns to the Wings….Mikael Samuelsson that is, 2—year deal…he never wnated to leave in first place

Update #2: From Capgeek:

#NHL #RedWings inch closer to cap floor; 20 players signed for $50.1M; $20M in cap space; RFAs Quincey, Abdelkader. http://t.co/nwRue6JY

From St. James:

Red Wings have about $19 million in cap space now, does not including $5 M to sign RFAs Quincey & Abdelkader. Samuelsson gets 2 yrs, $6 M

The Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness confirms:

He’s back…

The Wings have signed forward Mikael Samuelsson to a two-year deal, worth reportedly $3 million a season with a no-trade clause.

Samuelsson spent four seasons in Detroit before signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Vancouver Canucks, who traded him to the Florida Panthers last season.

Samuelsson helped the Wings to win the Stanley Cup in 2008, recording 13 points in 22 playoff games, including the first two goals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Samuelsson is also a member of the Triple Gold Club, having won gold medals at the Winter Olympics and World Championships.

Samuelsson signed a three-year deal with Vancouver on July 3, 2009, worth an annual salary of $2.5 million.

Update #2.5: MLive’s Ansar Khan also confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings, as they are accustomed to doing, have brought back a familiar face, signing forward Mikael Samuelsson to a tw0-year contract on Sunday for $3 million per season.

Samuelsson, 35, appeared in 54 games last season (six with Vancouver, 48 with Florida) and had 14 goals, 17 assists and a plus-1 rating.

The Red Wings like his size (6-foot-2, 218), his right-handed shot and his ability to play the point on the second power-play unit. And Samuelsson is comfortable in a dressing room featuring several fellow Swedes whom he was close to – Henrik Zetterberg, Niklas Kronwall, Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson.

His deal includes a full no-trade clause.

Samuelsson played three seasons for the Red Wings, from 2006-07 to 2008-09. He appeared in 207 games and had 44 goals and 70 assists and a plus-22 rating.

He signed a three-year free-agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks in 2009 and was traded to the Panthers on Oct. 22, 2011, for forward David Booth.

Samuelsson also has played for San Jose, the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh during his 11-year NHL career.


Update #3: The Wings are confirming:

The #Wings have agreed to terms with Mikael Samuelsson on a two-year deal. Per club policy, terms are undisclosed.


Update #4: DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose confirms:

An old friend is making his return to Hockeytown. Mikael Samuelsson, the Swedish right winger, who won a Stanley Cup as a member of the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup squad, agreed to rejoin his former club Sunday afternoon with a two-year contract. Samuelsson, now 35, scored 67 goals with 92 assists in 278 regular-season games with the Wings from 2005-06 to 2008-09. But Samuelsson’s stint in Detroit is probably best remembered for what he did on May 24, 2008 – scoring the first two goals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals against Pittsburgh.

“We know him and he can skate,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He has the ability to chip in with some scoring, he has a real good shot and he can transport the puck up the ice on the power play. He’s a real good solid pro and again we know him. You see guys 38, 39, and 40-years-old getting three-year deals, but I think he’s a good, young 35 because of his ability to skate.”

Following the 2008-09 season, Samuelsson tested the free agency waters and landed himself an annual salary of $2.5 million from the Vancouver Canucks on a three-year contract. Samuelsson also saw an increase in ice-time, which was something that he desired. In his first year in Vancouver, he produced a career-best 30 goals, finishing five tallies behind Alex Burrows for the team lead in the category. The first two seasons in Vancouver were the best two campaigns of Samuelsson’s NHL career and the only time – in North America or Europe – that he managed to put together back-to-back 50-point seasons. Last October, the Canucks traded Samuelsson to Florida, where he also spent the 2003-04 NHL season.

Following the NHL locker season of 2004-05, Samuelsson signed a one-year deal to join the Wings. Playing mainly on the third line and in some power play situations, Samuelsson became quite an offensive asset in Detroit, scoring 23 goals with 22 assists in 71 games. Samuelsson is the third unrestricted free agent signed by the Red Wings on Day 1 of the NHL’s open-market period. Detroit also signed goalie Jonas Gustavsson and Swiss forward Damien Brunner.

“We’ve got lot of cap space and we wanted to get our organization deeper,” Holland said of Sunday’s early signings. “We tried to bring some kids along and some haven’t come along like we had hoped. Gustavsson we see a guy’s who is 6-3, 6-4 with experience in Toronto with their media, and he dealt with it pretty good. We want Gustuvsson to push Jimmy (Howard) to another level and we want Jimmy to push Gustavsson, so we think we have some real good goaltending.”

As far as Brunner, whom Holland saw for the first time at the 2012 World Championship in May, “We love his speed and that he has a real high skill level and that he has a nose to the net.

“With Damien Brunner, with Samuelsson and Todd Bertuzzi and a healthy Danny Cleary, we’re hoping that with the development of the kids were getting a lot of bodies and we’ll see what happens in the next few days.”

And here’s Helene St. James’ story, too:

The Red Wings added a familiar face and a new one to their lineup Sunday, bringing back Mikael Samuelsson and adding Jordin Tootoo.

Samuelsson signed for two years, $6 million. Tootoo agreed to three years, $5.7 million.

Samuelsson, 35, played for the Wings from 2005-09 and was lost to free agency when the Wings opted to focus their pursuit on Jiri Hudler in ‘09. Samuelsson split last season between Vancouver and Florida, producing 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 54 games.

The Wings brought him back to help their ailing power play, as Samuelsson is a good-sized player who shoots right and has a booming shot. He’s not shy about shooting, either, and contributed 23 power play goals during his four seasons in Detroit.

Tootoo, 29, is one of the NHL’s most aggravating player, the kind that has a knack for getting under an opponent’s skin. He plays bigger than his 5-foot-9, 200-pound frame, and adds an element of grit the Wings wanted. He’s played all eight of his NHL seasons with Nashville and recorded six goals and 30 points last season in 77 games.


Update #5: here’s the Wings’ press release:

RED WINGS AND FORWARD MIKAEL SAMUELSSON AGREE TO TERMS ON TWO-YEAR DEAL

... Swedish Winger was Part of Detroit ’s run to the 2008 Stanley Cup …

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Mikael Samuelsson on a two-year deal.  In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Samuelsson, 35, was originally a fifth-round selection (145th overall) of the San Jose Sharks in the 1998 National Hockey League Entry Draft.  The Mariefred, Sweden, native has appeared in 669 career games with the San Jose Sharks, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings.  His NHL career totals include 148 goals, 194 assists, 342 points and 364 PIM.  In 99 career postseason games, Samuelsson has collected 58 points (22G-36A-58P) and 60 PIM.  The 6-2, 218-lb. right winger skated last season with the Florida Panthers, posting 28 points (13G-15A-28P) in 48 games.  He missed 25 games in 2011-12 due to injury.

Samuelsson previously spent four seasons in the Motor City from 2005-06 through 2008-09.  He was a part of Detroit ’s run to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship and its return trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2009.  He has appeared in 278 regular season games for the Red Wings, notching 159 points (67G-92A-159P).  Samuelsson has also donned the winged wheel in 69 career postseason games, collecting 35 points (13G-22A-35P).

Update #6: From Kulfan:

Holland said Gustavsson was desireable because of his size (6-4) and NHL experience. MacDonald’s injury problems/history a concern
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As for Samuelsson…he essentiallly replaces Hudler. The Wings know him, Holland said, and like what he provides (size, shot, some goals)
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And Parise/Sutter? Holland said they’ve made signficant offers and now they wait….along with everybody else in the NHL.
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As for Tootoo, Holland says he’ll provide “snarl” the Wings have been missing.

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Riviera's avatar

Not happy about this, at all.

Posted by Riviera from Phoenix on 07/01/12 at 08:13 PM ET

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Plan…...D?

Posted by RyanVM on 07/01/12 at 08:14 PM ET

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And so it begins.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 08:14 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

wow ...

just ... wow ...

...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 07/01/12 at 08:15 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Muthafudger.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 08:15 PM ET

hiero4life's avatar

What? Why?

Posted by hiero4life on 07/01/12 at 08:15 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

Please be part of a trade package, please be part of a trade package…

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 08:16 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

Awful, awful, awful.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/01/12 at 08:16 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Well, I know this won’t make me popular around here, but I always liked Sammy and was sorry to see him go. Fine wirh me that he’s back.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 07/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

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$3mil per…full no trade

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

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Fu*k me.

Posted by godblender on 07/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

I thought we were trying to get younger not go back in time. Wtf, Kenny?

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

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Great.  Now we’ll have a right handed shot on the PP.

Unfortunately he will shoot high, miss the net, bounce it off the glass and give the other team a great shorthanded chance 1 out of every 5 times.

<sigh>

Posted by sabby on 07/01/12 at 08:17 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Ugh.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 07/01/12 at 08:19 PM ET

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Well, I know this won’t make me popular around here, but I always liked Sammy and was sorry to see him go. Fine wirh me that he’s back.

This

Posted by Ducksworth from Brownstown, MI on 07/01/12 at 08:19 PM ET

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forecaster:

“ASSETS: Has a good shot, size and two-way ability. Plays a solid game in all three zones. Understands the positioning aspects of the game of hockey. Can play the point on power plays.

FLAWS: Is a bit fragile. Doesn’t always use his size to gain an advantage over his opponents. Could stand to play with a bit more grit and enthusiasm. Lacks playmaking ability.”

CAREER POTENTIAL: Solid, yet fragile scoring winger.

                          GP G A PTS +/- PIM
2011-12 Regular season 54 14 17 31   1   20
2011-12 Postseason       7 0   5   5   -1   2

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/12 at 08:22 PM ET

SandysWingingit's avatar

Disappointed to say the least… downer

Posted by SandysWingingit on 07/01/12 at 08:25 PM ET

Crow's avatar

Some how you saw this coming based on Holland’s MO.  We need more impact players not support players.  Very disappointing.

Posted by Crow on 07/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

And now TOOTOO?!?!

Bye, Kenny.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

Wings_in_NYC's avatar

What’s the next bit of news? Homer coming back for one more and then the press release by Kenny saying home much he likes this team’s chances? Sorry but Sammy was suitible in 2008, not now. Really a substandard signing. Unless he scores Suter and or Parise, this summer is a bust, and I think the Wings organization will have to look hard and long at the GM position. Very disappointing.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/01/12 at 08:26 PM ET

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Well, I know this won’t make me popular around here, but I always liked Sammy and was sorry to see him go. Fine wirh me that he’s back.

This

I’ll reserve judgement until we see what else happens, but for the most part I agree with you two.

Posted by Garth on 07/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

*#$%@& me *#$%@& me *#$%@& me.. id rather have knuble and hed be cheaper and wants to come here… whhhhhattt thhhe. Fuuuuuccckkkkk…

14m left for parise and suter

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 08:27 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

I’m gonna go poop in a box.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 08:30 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

He couldnt keep up in FL last year… FL…

Doan will cost about a mil more.

We def needed an injury prone vet though.. and he left because he wanted to get paid.. save your never wanted to leave shit.. he even made comments about how the brass would rather invest in other players than him talking about wanting top 6 mins on the reg

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 08:31 PM ET

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And tootoo? That Suter announcement better be coming out early tomorrow morning. This is the splash??? Come on, Kenny.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 07/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

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14m left for parise and suter

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 07/01/12 at 06:27 PM ET

FWIW, don’t forget that they can exceed the cap by 10% until the end of training camp.

Posted by RyanVM on 07/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Please be part of a trade package, please be part of a trade package…

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 07/01/12 at 06:16 PM ET

One can only hope. Tootoo too. UGH!

Lets Go Red Wings????? In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 08:32 PM ET

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as a replacement for Hudler. (and Homer’s power play goals)....this is fine….the 2nd year is iffy as he’s 35 (and will be 36 later this year)—but he’s a 15-20 goal score that can go as high as 25 with pp time and a plus in the locker room. He can be the specialist if necessary that 2nd year too.

but this better not be the big top-6 forward….if Parise’s going to Pit then grab Semin…if not then there in real trouble…

then again they have too many players for the roster so some trade has to go down…

Posted by dca from in Michc on 07/01/12 at 08:33 PM ET

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I will say this. I’m betting that these two deals (The Monster and Sammy) have no bearing on Suter/Parise/Semin.  I don’t think they’re pretending that Samuelsson is the solution to the issue they’ve had.  This is probably to make the third line stronger, scoring-wise, and trying to get back to the 2008/9 days when the first three lines were all solid threats to score, rather than the pretty distinct delineation between top-six and bottom-six that they’ve had the last couple years.

Posted by Garth on 07/01/12 at 08:34 PM ET

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Immediately following the announcement Al Sobotka began installing bulletproof glass behind both goals.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/01/12 at 08:38 PM ET

Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit's avatar

Babcock now has his vaginal sandpaper he’s been craving.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 08:39 PM ET

cementslinger's avatar

Wasn’t it Sammy that broke Cleary’s jaw from his, inaccurate as fuch, shot?

Posted by cementslinger from Midland MI on 07/01/12 at 08:45 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, Sammy was a favorite of Uncle Mike…

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/01/12 at 08:51 PM ET

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Babcock now has his vaginal sandpaper he’s been craving.

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!! In ’13

Posted by Kate from Pa.-made in Detroit on 07/01/12 at 06:39 PM ET

Succinct, Kate.  I’m a guy and even I’m hurtin’ from that.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 07/01/12 at 08:52 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Looks like we’re putting together a great team… from 2008…

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 07/01/12 at 08:58 PM ET

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These are the quotes to discuss:
“We tried to bring some kids along and some haven’t come along like we had hoped. “

“We want Gustuvsson to push Jimmy (Howard) to another level and we want Jimmy to push Gustavsson, so we think we have some real good goaltending.”

Fairly straightforward?

Posted by Bugsy on 07/01/12 at 08:59 PM ET

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Yay! More Triple deke material!

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 07/01/12 at 09:24 PM ET

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Gotta be trade comin’ up.  We got a lot of expendable parts now: Mursak, Emmerton, Miller, Eaves, Abby plus maybe Cleary & possibly even Franzen if the “prise” is big enough.

I’m thinking in terms of Nash, of course, but maybe also Ryan or Getzlaf, or D-Men like Yandle, Doug Murray, maybe Bouwmeester?  Evander Kane maybe even???  Or Iginla?

Posted by vfsvfl on 07/01/12 at 09:32 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

ok, well, we know who will be in Babs doghouse next season

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 07/01/12 at 11:38 PM ET

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