Red Wings Sign Mikael Samuelsson, Jordin Tootoo


The Detroit Red Wings are finished making free agent signings today, locking up four players. 

Early in the day, they agreed to terms with goalie Jonas Gustavsson to back up Jimmy Howard. Next came the expected announcement of inking Swiss forward Damien Brunner to a one year, two way deal.

The head scratchers came when the Wings brought back Mikael Samuelsson, who was on the 2008 Stanley Cup Champion team. After stints with the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers, Samuelsson is back in Hockeytown. He is a right handed shot that can play the powerplay.

Naturally, there are pessimists that did not like the signing, stating that Samuelsson is a defensive liability, and is neither big or fast, which is what Ken Holland was quoted as looking for. Samuelsson signed for two years at $3 million a year and also has a no trade clause. No one knows why he was given the NTC, seeing that he clearly isn't a big time player.

The last signing of the day was also a little puzzling, but at the same time, it was a player that Detroit desperately needs. Jordin Tootoo, a 5'9 bruiser was signed to a three year deal worth $1.9 million a year.

The Red Wings needed a pest on the fourth line that would drop the gloves and add some grit. Tootoo is the type of player that plays a reckless game and is not afraid to mix it up with bigger, stronger players.

The Red Wings are not done yet. They still have upward of $17 million left and are still in on the Ryan Suter and Zach Parise sweepstakes.

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