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Mikael Samuelsson Takes The High Road

via Afton Bladet with rough Google translation (link not translated),

He is still one of the most deserving Swedish NHL veterans, including a Stanley Cup title under his belt, and has played twelve consecutive seasons at the highest level.

- But I do know the most relief. I understand that the outside may look like this must be horrible, but it did not come as a bolt from the blue, and it's mostly nice to finally something happens, say "Samme" when we reach him after the announcement.

He continues:

- It has been been frustrating to play as little as I did when I still felt fresh in the body. When I really got to play, it has at most been twelve minutes in the fourth chain. I'm not used to, before I have been playing with as "Zata" which centers here in Detroit and Ryan Kesler in Vancouver, and then it's not so easy to accomplish nothing.

But any bitterness versus the Red Wings for the situation feels the 37-year-old sörmlänningen not.

- No, I can not say. Both parties have a responsibility to become as it has become, I would have had to hang a few more bags once I played but have not succeeded with it, he says.

Exactly what happens now is unclear, Samuelsson has a fairly large contract at 3 million per season and with that kind of equation, the control space is limited, but it is likely in the short term is that he reports to the Grand Rapid as a few days.

In the longer run games at home in Sweden an option.

- Yes, I could probably imagine. Earlier I said that I probably ends his career here, but as it has become now, I'm open to most things. When I feel so good in your body like I do, I still want to see what I can, he explains.

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If he really wanted to go play in Sweden couldn’t he be ‘loaned’ out instead of reporting to GR. I know GR already has an issue with to many veterans and having to rotate them in and out of the lineup.

Posted by Probie4Prez on 01/27/14 at 07:12 PM ET

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Good for him. I’m sure he’ll find some good employment next season over in Europe.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 01/28/14 at 04:45 PM ET

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