The Detroit Red Wings signed four players on Sunday, including forward Jordin Tootoo and former Red Wing Mikael Samuelsson.
Tootoo, the ex-Predator, signed a three-year deal worth $5.7 million and told Detroit media that he was surprised when the Wings came calling.
“We didn’t hear from them at all, there was no talk,” Tootoo said. “It definitely was a surprise. I wanted to stay in the Western Conference. This is a great fit for me. It’s a fresh start and I’m definitely overwhelmed about it.”
General manager Ken Holland is looking for big things from Tootoo.
“He adds that snarl to our mix,” Holland said. “We know him well, we’ve played against him many years, and he adds that quality. He plays hard, he comes in hard on the forecheck. He’s a grinder.”
Samuelsson, who split last season between Vancouver and Florida, is making a return to Hockeytown. The Wings signed the forward to a two-year contract worth $6 million.
“We know Sammy and we know what he can provide us,” Holland said.
“He has size, he has a great shot, he can play the point on the power play. He adds size and skill and we know him.”
The Wings also signed Swiss forward Damien Brunner and ex-Maple Leaf goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.