Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings filled some hold this afternoon by agreeing to terms with free agent forwards Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo.
Samuelsson, 35 returns to the Wings on a two-year deal worth $3 million per season. He originally left the Wings back in 2009 when he signed a three-year deal with the Vancouver Canucks. He appeared in 54 games last season six of those being with Vancouver before he was traded to the Florida Panthers. In total Samuelsson had 14 goals, 17 assists and a plus-1 rating in 2011-12.
Samuelsson adds some size (6’2″, 218lbs), a right-handed shot and the ability to play the point on the second power play unit.
The addition of Samuelsson also pretty much signifies the end of Jiri Hudler in Detroit who is also a free agent this offseason.
In addition to Samuelsson the Wings also brought in Jordin Tootoo on a three-year deal worth $1.9 million dollars per season.
“Mr. Holland made a quick phone call and I thought this was a good opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. That’s my goal right there.” Tootoo said. “Today is a day for me to celebrate my new beginnings and I’m just soaking it all in.”
The 28-year-old Tootoo has spent his entire 8 year career with the Nashville Predators appearing in 486 career games and racking up 46 goals and 79 assists, along with a minus-26 rating and 725 penalty minutes.
During his time with Nashville, Tootoo also became known as an agitator on the ice. He was able to entice other teams into taking penalties but also had his fair share of bad ones himself.
A right-handed shot, Tootoo had a career-high 30 points (six goals, 24 assists) in 2011-12 but fell out of favor with head coach Barry Trotz appearing in only one game during Nashville’s opening round against the Red Wings.
The addition of Tootoo may signify the end of Tomas Holmstrom who was considering retirement going into the offseason. This also leads to questions as to what happens with restricted free agents Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader.
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