Mikael Samuelsson is heading back to Sweden after signing with Djurgården IF of the Swedish Hockey League.
Mikael Samuelsson is returning home to Sweden this season after signing with Djurgarden. Veteran winger played 699 NHL games.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) July 29, 2014
It will be fun to play in a Stockholm kinds. What I remember of Djurgården is a big club and hopefully we can get back there. I am eager to play good hockey again and is quite clear that I have more in the tank to give. This is a real challenge.
The thirty-seven year-old forward spent his last two seasons in Detroit, in what was regarded as a major flub by Ken Holland and company because Samuelsson spent most of his time in Detroit on injured reserve or in the press box.
Good hockey or bad hockey, I am sure Samuelsson is excited at the possibility of contributing on the ice for Djurgården.
The move to Sweden could rejuvenate him and he is only two years removed from being an over .5 point per game player, but skills can decline significantly when over thirty-five. He should be at the least a serviceable player in Sweden.
I doubt he will be able to translate a good season in the SHL into a new NHL contract once the season is over, but never say never.
Let’s just hope it is not with the Detroit Red Wings.