The Detroit Red Wings signed Jordin Tootoo to a three-year contract worth $5.7 million and brought back Mikael Samuelsson, by signing him to a two-year contract worth $6 million.
Detroit now has enough NHL forwards they could dress five to six lines; are they getting ready for a big move? Do they expect to lose out on Zach Parise so they are preparing to move a few forwards to add Rick Nash?
Samuelsson comes back to the organization that he won a Stanley Cup and played four seasons with so there are no surprises here. Wings expect to lose Jiri Hudler this off-season and Samuelsson will easily replace those points. He put up career highs in Vancouver, scoring 30 goals and 53 points back in 2009-10.
Samuelsson struggled in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs and missed the last two rounds with a leg injury. Things didn’t get better for him as he was shipped to the Florida Panthers, where he missed 22 games due to a groin injury.
Samuelsson is not a 30 goal scorer that was anomaly. He is a 15 goals and 35-40 point player, more likely 30 as he is on the downside of his career. He won’t get top six minutes with Detroit but will still see a ton of ice-time from the third line. He shouldn’t be on your fantasy roster, unless you are in a deep hockey pool. Draft with caution if you are in a salary cap pool as he has a very high price tag.
Tootoo is coming off of a career year, where he scored 30 points; this is 12 more than any other NHL season. This is a great signing by GM Ken Holland as Tootoo is exactly what the Red Wings have been missing.
Detroit is at its best when they have a gritty guy in their line-up who plays with a ton of energy and passion. Tootoo can throw the big hit to give the team a wake-up call and chip in a little with offense; think Darren McCarty.
Tootoo has no real fantasy value as he doesn’t score enough to help offensively and doesn’t fight enough to be considered a goon. His real value will come in the Stanley Cup playoffs when he can play a similar role as Brad Marchand or Dave Bolland.
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