I was browsing around a few sites today and stumbled up on The Fourth Period‘s list of best potential free agents. Now the list itself isn’t shocking but scroll down to No. 19.
Yes, that’s Mikael Samuelsson of the Detroit Red Wings and that little yellow swooshy thing in the third box means that the Buffalo Sabres (yes, the Buffalo Sabres) are potentially interested in signing him come July 1.
Samuelsson finished 10th in scoring for Detroit this season, with 19 goals and 21 assists. Those 40 points would place him seventh on the Sabres, and he’d be fifth on the team in goals.
The 6-foot-2, 203 pound Swedish right winger is a career +31 and a +55 combined in the last four years since signing with the Red Wings (although he finished even this past season). He’s scored at least 10 points in each of the last three postseasons, which is 10 more points than any Sabre in the last two years.
Frankly, I’ll be shocked if the Sabres sign anyone on July 1. They’ve already spent a boatload of money ($66.75 million) on three players who were scheduled to become free agents: Ryan Miller, Jason Pominville and Tim Connolly. It would be great to add a (potentially two-time) Cup champion to the roster, but I won’t be holding my breath on the Sabres signing Samuelsson.
And in a nifty little Stanley Cup Finals piece of trivia I haven’t really seen anyone pick up on yet, Samuelsson was traded from Pittsburgh to Florida in the 2003 deal that gave the Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury and allowed the Panthers to select Nathan Horton. The more you know…