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Samuelsson, a 34-year-old in the final season of a three-year, $7.5 million contract, is coming off abdominal surgery during last season’s playoffs. He won a Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008. He sat out Vancouver’s previous game Thursday due to what coach Alain Vigneault labeled “stiffness” at the time.

“They’re two useful NHL top-notch people that can play,” Tallon said of Sturm and Samuelsson.

“They’re solid defensively and offensively. Samuelsson won a a Cup in Detroit and is coming off back-to-back 50-point seasons. He’s a real useful player. He can play the point on the power play and has size and a big shot that we sorely need. And Sturm gives us a player that can kill penalties. He’s scored 20 or more goals seven times in his career and it just gives us more options and more depth in the organization.”