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Samuelsson feels he wasn’t given a chance

DETROIT >> Mikael Samuelsson’s return to the Detroit Red Wings didn’t start well and it most certainly didn’t end well.

After an injury plagued first year, the veteran forward quickly found himself passed over by the youngsters in the organization this past season.

“I’m just disappointed the way this year started out,” said Samuelsson, who just wrapped up his two-year deal worth $6 million. “I was hoping and believe I have something more to give, but at the same time when the young guys came in they definitely deserved a chance to play. They played so good then it became a tough spot for the management. I guess I was the odd man out. From my standpoint I didn’t like what was going on.”

In 26 games last season, he had just one goal, two assists and was a minus-4. He averaged just over 10 minutes of ice time a game.

“It was very disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “You can see it from both ends, they didn’t think I performed and I don’t think I got that much of an opportunity. Even though I played 20-plus games when you look at the games the amount of ice time I got, in my mind that’s not what I wanted here.”

The Wings waived Samuelsson in late January. He played just two games in Grand Rapids and registered no points and was a minus-4.

“I was happy something was going on at the point,” Samuelsson said. “It’s not easy to waive a guy that makes the amount of money I made and showed pretty much absolutely nothing this year. At that point I knew I wasn’t going to get picked up, one plus one is two. I just wanted to play some games.”

It looked like Detroit was going to use one of its two amnesty buyouts on Samuelsson last offseason, but the team felt he possible would contest the move because of a pectoral muscle/shoulder injury he suffered in the playoffs.

“They talked to me for a little bit, but I didn’t expect or wanted them to talk,” Samuelsson said. “They talked through actions. That’s how they talked. It’s not like they said you’re still a good player. It’s the actions that spoke more than words.

“I need to take some time and do some good thinking what I want to do,” Samuelsson continued. “I still think I can play hockey that’s the bottom line. Whether it’s going to be here or somewhere else today I don’t know what’s going on.”

Samuelsson recalled from Grand Rapids

DETROIT >> Mikael Samuelsson was recalled from Grand Rapids, while Tomas Jurco and Riley Sheahan were assigned to the Griffins.

Samuelsson, who will practice with the other players that didn’t make an Olympic roster on Feb. 19 in Detroit, needed to be recalled because the Griffins had too many veterans on their roster.

Jurco is playing for Slovakia at the Olympics.

Sheahan will play for the Griffins on Friday.

Samuelsson ‘extremely’ disappointed he can’t get in Wings’ lineup

DETROIT — After playing 13 games in a row, Mikael Samuelsson has found himself watching in street clothes in six of the last eight games.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” Samuelsson said. “It’s out of my hands. I’m disappointed I can’t be in the lineup.”

Samuelsson, who’s played in 21 games this season, has one goal and three assists. He’s also a minus-5.

“Score more,” Samuelsson said when asked what he needs to do to get back in the lineup. “It all goes hand-in-hand. It’s a matter of ice time, it’s a matter of confidence right now. That’s what I need most of all.”

The team even recalled Jordin Tootoo and inserted him into the lineup for two games, while Samuelsson, who’s averaging just under 10 minutes and 30 seconds of ice time a game, sat.

“You can say you’ve got to skate faster and battle harder, absolutely,” Samuelsson said. “I haven’t played my best hockey. It has its reasons, too, but I don’t want to comment on that. I just have to take it one day at a time.”

Samuelsson, who’s in the final year of a two-year deal that pays him $3 million a season, was injured nearly the entire 2012-13 lockout-shortened season.

“When you’re 35 and you’re sort of in the lineup, out of the lineup and when you do play, you don’t play a lot of minutes, the natural thing to happen is you lose your confidence and start to play a game that isn’t how you got here in the first place,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “He’s a guy we brought back because he plays puck possession and we thought he could play the right point on the power play and chip in 15-20 goals. Last year he was hurt (basically) the entire year. In the meantime we signed Daniel Alfredsson, (Stephen) Weiss and (Tomas) Tatar is an NHL. We’re deeper, we have more NHL forward that last year so there’s more competition.”

Ins and outs … Tootoo returns from GR and will play Thursday

DETROIT — Jordin Tootoo was recalled from Grand Rapids and will be in the lineup according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“Tootoo is playing (Thursday) because we’re trying to win a game and we think he’ll provide some energy and physicality,” Holland said in a text message.

He’ll likely take Mikael Samuelsson’s spot in the lineup. Samuelsson has been a healthy scratch in three of the past five games.

The Wings were still missing a number of injured players at practice: Gustav Nyquist (groin), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Johan Franzen (concussion-like symptoms), Jimmy Howard (knee), and Stephen Weiss (groin).

Daniel Alfredsson also missed practice, but will play Thursday.

“That’s what happens when you’re 41 or 42, you get some days off,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said.

Darren Helm (shoulder) and Danny DeKeyser (shoudler) both took part in practice, but won’t play Thursday.

Cleary back in lineup; Tatar out; Samuelsson remains in

DETROIT — After being a healthy scratch last game, Daniel Cleary will return to the Wings’ lineup against the Washington Capitals Friday, replacing Tomas Tatar.

“When I looked at our lineup (Tuesday) I thought that was a spot I felt we could have been better so he gets an opportunity to watch,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “He’ll get back in.”

Tatar has two goals and one assist in 11 games. He’s a plus-1.

Cleary has a goal and two assists in 18 games. He’s a plus-1.

“I thought (Mikael) Samuelsson was good, had lots of opportunities to score last game so I’m leaving him back in,” Babcock said.

Joakim Andersson will center Cleary and Samuelsson.

Samelson has just one goal in seven games. He’s a minus-1.

Samuelsson more or less a healthy scratch tonight against Kings

DETROIT — Forward Mikael Samuelsson has been cleared to play, but won’t play Wednesday against the Los Angeles Kings.

And that’s a coaching decision, unlike Todd Bertuzzi not able to go.

“No,” Wings coach Mike Babcock when asked if Samuelsson would play Wednesday. “That’s my decision.”

Samuelsson has played all of four games this season, missing due to numerous injuries.

“(I’m) back to normal,” Samuelsson said. “I think I have conditioning. I would like to think so. Game is a game. It’s more timing. Guys coming against you and stuff like that, that’s the biggest thing.

“I believe I can play,” Samuelsson added. “It’s not about feeling sorry for myself, it’s about the team. It’s not the right time to think to that right now. I’m ready whenever they want.”