Signing Samuelsson a coup for Canucks
When Mikael Samuelsson signed with the Vancouver Canucks as a free agent last summer, it wasn’t exactly an attention-grabbing move on par with Marian Gaborik and the Rangers, or Marian Hossa and the Blackhawks.
But at three years and $7.5 million, Samuelsson has been a bargain. Teammates rave about what he’s brought to the Canucks after spending four seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. Besides leadership and Stanley Cup experience, he also contributed a career-high 30 goals while playing mostly on the second line, a stark contrast to his time in Detroit, where Samuelsson was a third-line player who didn’t get anywhere near as much power-play time as he has in Vancouver.
“He’s been great that way,” Henrik Sedin said of Samuelsson’s offense. “We know he’s kind of an offensive talent to score more than he has. He was put in a different situation here, playing on the second line, more power play, and he’s stepped up.”