During the offseason the Detroit Red Wings will be able to use a compliance buyout on two players. Over the next couple weeks we will take a look at which players could end up being bought out during the offseason for the Red Wings.
HEIGHT: 6′ 2″
CAP HIT: $3,000,000 / 1 year left
STATS: 1 point (1 assist) / 4 games played
Normally a player with only one year left on his deal is not worth using a compliance buyout out on, but moving into next season it could make sense for the Red Wings. The Red Wings have about $11.5 million dollars in cap space next season and buying out Mikael Samuelsson‘s contract can help the Wings create more cap space to add free agents and create roster space to bring up players from Grand Rapids.
Why should the Red Wings buyout Mikael Samuelsson?
If the Red Wings want to continue to get younger than Samuelsson would no longer fit in the Red Wings plans.
There are fan favorites and then there is Samuelsson, who is ripped on so much by the fan base you would think he was a goalie.
Why shouldn’t the Red Wings buyout Mikael Samuelsson?
He brings an interesting combination of size, speed, and scoring ability to the Red Wings, something you only see in Johan Franzen.
Scoring is what he likes to do and will consistently look to shoot before he passes the puck, which is another thing the Red Wings lack.
The question is, do we think he should be bought out?
Yes, he does not bring enough to the table to stay on the team and he has been surpassed by younger players. Buying out his three million dollar contract would create more cap space for the Wings and give then a better opportunity to re-sign other core players, while bringing in another legitimate 1st or 2nd line player.