Nice signing. Hopefully not a ton of money, but I don't mind this route at all. He would fit fine playing with Kesler and Demitra if that's how it works out. Could play with Sedins and put Demitra with Burr/Kesler.
Previous report said he was looking for $2m per season over a longer term. It'll be interesting to see what this contract is. Capwise, the Canucks are being built very soundly. Getting wingers like Burrows and Samuelsson to sign affordable contracts will be critical to retaining a strong core.
Samuelsson will be a good addition to the team. He'll be able to platoon with the group in both the top and bottom six.
*edit: never mind they updated the post on cdc since I read if the first time*
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.
Samuelsson, 32, recorded 40 points (19-21-40) in 81 games last season and 10 points (5-5-10) in 23 playoff games with Detroit through to the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals. In 466 career NHL games Samuelsson has 208 points (86-122-208) and 244 penalty minutes. The Mariefred, Sweden native was a member of the 2007.08 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings team and has produced a career total of 35 points (13-22-35) in 69 postseason games.
Samuelsson was a member of Team Sweden, winning gold at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy in 2006, where he recorded four points (1-3-4) in eight games.
The 6’1”, 205-lbs winger was drafted by San Jose 145th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
On one hand I love that we signed a shooter, every player on this team could stand to shoot the puck more. He can also play the point on the PP which is a plus.
On the other hand, this has to be the precursor to a move of some sort, we simply have too many young players ready to take the next step. Don't see how Grabner makes the team in the near future - even next year with Demitra gone.