Samuelsson Happy to Be With the Griffins, Has Nothing to Prove

Posted at 12:18 AM, Jan 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-30 00:18:56-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mikael Samuelsson was just happy to be back on the ice getting ready for a game that he knows he will be playing in on Friday night.

The 37-year old forward had his first practice with the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday after being assigned to the AHL by the Detroit Red Wings. Samuelsson is in the final year of a 2-year, $6 Million contract.

Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill plans on playing Samuelsson on a line with Landon Ferraro and Jordin Tootoo to start. He also plans on playing the NHL veteran on the power play.

Samuelsson told FOX 17 that at this stage of his career he has nothing to prove.