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 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.”