The Canucks goal to turn Vancouver into a destination city where free agents want to come and players feel comfortable, even treated well, has had mixed results over the past few years.
You can add Mikael Samuelsson to the side of players who haven’t been exactly swept off their feet by the Canucks.
In an interview with HockeySverige.se, an online only publication, Samuelsson took some parting shots at the Canucks management (he loved most of his teammates) some nine months after being traded to Florida.
”I didn’t think very highly of management, so in that way I didn’t mind,” Samuelsson said of the trade.
Why is not clear, but he did cite more rehab time as being one of the reasons he thought the trade worked out well for him.
“Disappointed is not the right word,” Samuelsson said. “But I liked it a lot in Vancouver. I had a pretty significant injury my second season in Vancouver when I tore my (abductor tendon) in my groin. The rehab was going well and I felt good in camp, but when the season was about to start the leg didn’t work.
“Looking back at it now, it might have been good to be traded, I got extra time to rehab and come back fully fit. I liked it a lot in Florida, but it was tough leaving the Sedins, Edler and the other guys up in Vancouver.”
Samuelsson also revisited the Stanley Cup final and pinned blame for the loss on Alex Burrows.
“Me myself was in the press box during those games, but it probably wasn’t very good that Burrows bit Patrice Bergeron in the finger in the first game,” Samuelsson said. “
“After that, Boston was angry. You might say that was the wrong team to fire up. They play a very physical game and I thought it would’ve been better to let the bear sleep, if you know what I mean.”