Good luck Canucks fans, you're going to hate him. Sure he scores some goals out of nowhere, but my god is he frustrating to watch.
he was usually a 3rd line winger with hudler/filppula, helm, cleary. He also manned the point on our 2nd pp unit which he was quite terrible at and I am so happy he won't be there next year to create horrible giveaways and bad keep ins.
Doesn't get me too excited but hopefully he fits in.
could you refresh my memory here and provide any posts where I said this?
Not that I'm disagreeing... I have never been that high on Samuelsson, but I don't think I ever dismissed him overall.... I do remember having a discussion (it might have been with you even) about how Detroit was not going to move him during the season as a salary dump, when he was an effective player for them and a solid playoff performer.... I do remember having that discussion with several posters, convinced that Detroit would never move him.
I also remember saying in the past that he would be one of the guys that wouldn't return to Detroit after his contract was done, because of cap situations.
But since you did bring up my name as saying something I don't remember saying, I'd hope you have the posts to back them up?
sorry, decided to go with my posting history here to find out what I did actually say about him:
my "moneyball" pick for UFA next season... Mikael Samuelsson.
Previous chemistry with the Sedins... can think the same type of game and is the style of player that should work with the Sedins (big, right handed shot, natural right winger, has played with them before)... he's also a reliable player having played in a good system. On pace for 23 goals, 50+ points, playing just over 15mins/night in a depth role.... shouldn't be expense as a UFA, and with Detroit's contract situations, he will likely not be brought back.
granted you re-sign the Sedins... Samuelsson could be a very good signing to play on their wing next season, and should come at a reasonable cost.
2.5M is a good price for the free agent market. You probably can't find that many more non-entry level top-six wingers playing for less in the NHL.
Yeah, it's probably market value but with their available cap space and the players they have on their team, I don't think it makes a ton of sense to pay market value over 3 years to a 32 year old 2nd/3rd line winger. They must think that Samuelsson will be a good complementary player with the Sedins, it's the only way it makes sense.