Looking at numbers: Appeared in four regular season games with one assist and a minus-3 rating. Had a goal and one assist in five playoff games. Looking at money: Has one year left on his contract at $3 million. Looking back: Samuelsson played the first two games of the season and then spent the rest of it moving from a sore groin to a broken finger to a pectoral injury. He appeared in one game in February one at the end of March and none in April. He returned for Game 3 of the first-round series against Anaheim and even topped 20 minutes in Game 4. By Game 7 he was able to play barely four minutes and that was it for Samuelsson for the playoffs. Looking ahead: Samuelsson 36 spent the summer recuperating pretty much from head to toe. Had he been fully healthy by July the Red Wings would have bought out his contract but that can’t be done to an injured player. So Samuelsson will go to training camp and the Wings will see what happens. Samuelsson has said he feels 100%. If he is in good shape he’s got a booming right-handed shot that will be helpful on the power play. If he pulls up hurt again his salary can be hidden on long-term injured reserve.
Mikael Samuelsson hoping to get completely healthy, contribute
Detroit Free Press | Sep 3