Earlier this morning, we took a moment to say goodbye to Mikael Samuelsson and reminisce over some of the big goals he scored during his time in Vancouver. Marco Sturm, on the other hand, did not receive the same treatment. This is because the German-born winger only played six games with the Vancouver Canucks, failing to register a goal. Apart from bearing a curious resemblance to Manny Malhotra, Sturm did very little that we’ll remember.
Granted, he wasn’t given much of a chance to do anything memorable, and frustration over that fact is somewhat evident in this video, taken by Miami Herald Hockey during his first media scrum as a member of the Florida Panthers.Continue Reading —›
Had he not debuted in Vancouver with a 30-goal season, there’s a good chance that Mikael Samuelsson might have had the same relationship with Vancouver as, say, Jan Bulis. Like this blog’s namesake, Samuelsson was a pretty weird guy.
There were the stunningly blunt quotes, such as when he told the media where Sweden could go or that he was incapable of fighting; there were the bizarre on-ice decisions, such as his complete unpredictability when it came to holding, shooting, or passing the puck; there were the sudden bouts of on-ice rage, seemingly uncharacteristic for the guy insistent that his teammates play whistle to whistle. Mikael Samuelsson was a genuine enigma, and Canuck fans don’t generally have much time for guys like that.
Unless they outscore their weirdness. And, as I said, Mikael Samuelsson did that. The Swedish winger put up 48 goals and 103 points in his two seasons in Vancouver. He quarterbacked the powerplay (better than anyone else the Canucks employed, contrary to popular opinion — a point I never got to make), and he was a great backup winger for the twins.
The dude could play, and he scored some meaningful goals in a Canucks uniform. Here are his five best.Continue Reading —›