Mikael Samuelsson

Detroit’s Samuelsson signs in Swedish league


After 13 years, nearly 700 games and one Stanley Cup championship, Mikael Samuelsson has left the NHL and signed in the Swedish league.

The 37-year-old veteran has joined with Djurgarden, the club announced on Tuesday. The move completes Samuelsson’s circle, so to speak, as he started out playing in the Swedish league (for Sodertalje and Frolunda) before moving to North American in 2000.

A well-traveled journeyman — spending time in San Jose,  New York, Florida, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Vancouver — Samuelsson enjoyed most of his success with the Red Wings, capturing Lord Stanley’s Mug in 2008, scoring 13 points in 22 playoff games. His best individual season, however, came with Vancouver during the 2009-10 campaign, when he found chemistry with fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel Sedin and scored a career-high 30 goals.

Samuelsson leaves the NHL with 346 points in 699 regular season games and an impressive 60 points in 104 playoff contests.


Measure of revenge? Red Wings bottle Lightning

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In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.

For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.

Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.

Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.

They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.

Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.

Hands of gold: Connor McDavid scores his first NHL goal


Taking three games to score your first NHL goal isn’t a big deal, unless you’re someone like Connor McDavid.

The mega-hyped wunderkind must feel relieved to finally find the net, as he tied tonight’s Edmonton Oilers – Dallas Stars skirmish with a 2-2 deflection goal, which you can watch above this post’s headline.

To no surprise, there were plenty of reactions, including Pierre LeBrun’s tweet (which inspired part of this headline).

Of course, there were the inevitable Wayne Gretzky comparisons:

Interesting thing you might not consider: Stars fans will have to stomach this one even more frequently than that time Patrik Stefan biffed that empty-netter (also against the Oilers):

McDavid may have also delivered his first questionable check, too: