Mikael Samuelsson rejoins Red Wings

8:38 PM, Jul 1, 2012   |    comments
Mikael Samuelsson / Joe Rimkus Jr./Miami Herald
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(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - The Red Wings added a familiar face and a new one to their lineup Sunday, bringing back Mikael Samuelsson and adding Jordin Tootoo.

Samuelsson signed for two years, $6 million. Tootoo agreed to three years, $5.7 million.

Samuelsson, 35, played for the Wings from 2005-09 and was lost to free agency when the Wings opted to focus their pursuit on Jiri Hudler in '09. Samuelsson split last season between Vancouver and Florida, producing 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points in 54 games.

The Wings brought him back to help their ailing power play, as Samuelsson is a good-sized player who shoots right and has a booming shot. He's not shy about shooting, either, and contributed 23 power play goals during his four seasons in Detroit.

Tootoo, 29, is one of the NHL's most aggravating player, the kind that has a knack for getting under an opponent's skin. He plays bigger than his 5-foot-9, 200-pound frame, and adds an element of grit the Wings wanted. He's played all eight of his NHL seasons with Nashville and recorded six goals and 30 points last season in 77 games.

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