You don't recall correctly. If I'm wrong, please post a link with Samuelsson's nasty quotes about Detroit from that time period. Seriously, has the Samuelsson hate gotten to the point now where we're going to make up bad stories about him that never happened? Or is the hatred just so blinding that we don't really remember and just assume everything associated with Samuelsson was negative and terrible?
Simmer there, Chief. I did say I didn't have quotes and I didn't state is as undisputable fact. It was my opinion. My wording probably wasn't the best. I just recall him being somewhat bitter that the Wings didn't do more to keep him. If I was totally off base on that, my apologies. I don't hate Sammy at all, and I had nothing bad to say about his first stint here. Your reply was a total overreaction. While some might like his honesty, my opinion is he makes himself look like a DB more than often than not with his "honesty". The Team Sweden thing, blaming Alex Burrows for the Stanley Cup collapse, criticizing Vancouver management. It isn't like he doesn't have a history. I don't have any problem with anyone leaving for more money or a better opportunity.
As far as the contract being fair market value and deserved, I beg to differ. When he signed with Vancouver, he was coming off two stellar playoff performances and yet he signed for less money with the Canucks (3/7.5 and no NTC) How he's was worth more last summer, coming off injury plaqued seasons, 3 years older, in his mid 30's with all the uncertainty over the CBA and the unknown salary cap, is a mystery to me. Again, maybe I'm not remembering correctly, but was he a highly coveted FA?
FWIW, I do not believe that Nyquist can go to GR. He would have to clear waivers. Same goes for TT and Andersson. Also the Wings have two too many players. They have to shed 2 players, in addition to salary. I don't have an issue with losing Emmerton, but at 29 and under a million dollar cap hit, and a right handed shot, Patrick Eaves is far more of an asset than Samuelsson. I agree with the notion that he's a true 4th liner and his speed and PK skills make him valuable.
Holland has made far more good moves than bad, but this one was lousy from the start and his injuries have only made it look that much worse.