Canucks trade for Blue Jackets Sami Påhlsson

Trade #1…Finally

On Monday (NHL Trade Deadline day) the Vancouver Canucks have made their first move of the day. They’ve acquired Swedish 34 year old forward Samuel Pahlsson (Sami).

Pahlsson for a couple fourth round draft picks is what we know right now. We’ll know more information soon enough and update this page.

Sami Pahlsson is a big tough winger, who will help the Canucks immediately. Though nothing really jumps out at you as far as his stats go, but he is a Stanley Cup winner and brings some valuable playoff experience. For the Ducks Cup run he was used on the Ducks’ checking line; paired with defensive forwards Travis Moen and Rob Niedermayer.

He last switched teams in 2009. When he was traded by the Ducks, along with Logan Stephenson, to the Chicago Blackhawks for James Wisniewski and Petri Kontiola.

On July 1, 2009, Samuel signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sami Pahlsson

Stanley Cup Champion with the Ducks Pahlsson joins the Canucks today.

For the record. Påhlsson began his professional career in Sweden for Modo Hockey, where he played with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin.

In 2005-06, Påhlsson played for the Gold medal winning Swedish Olympic Team at the Torino Olympics.

Former Canucks winger and NHL tough guy Brad May says “He’s a very good player, and the Canucks and their fans will really appreciate him”.

He’s not going to hurt you in the defensive end of the rink either.

He told Sportsnet after the deal.

“I knew my name was out there, with my contract being up, and not making the playoffs, so I was just waiting for this deal to happen. My prior trade deadline day experience helps me a lot, so I’m ok. I try to do what I do every game, and try to help the team as much as I can to win.

I hope I can raise my level of play to help the Canucks contend for the Cup. I’ll give it everything I’ve got.

I know the Sedins pretty well, we’ve played on the national teams, and my summer house is a half mile from Daniels.

The Canucks have a lot of experience, so I can’t say what exactly I’ll do, but I’m going to do my best.”

Weigh in Vancouver. What does this move mean for the Canucks playoff run in 2012?

Is he a third liner?

A fourth liner?

Where do you see him fitting in?

I’m glad we got him and not the Boston Bruins, who were also rumored to be wanting to acquire Sami’s services.

This will be a win-win move for Mike Gillis.


Samuel Pahlsson
Position Center
Height 6’0″
Weight 202 lbs
Birthdate December 17, 1977
Birthplace Ange
Draft 1996 – Round 7 (176 overall) by Colorado

Key Statistics

Goals 2
Assists 9
Points 11
+/- -6
PIM 22
Games 61



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  • In hindsight, the acquisition of Pahlsson should have told fans immediately that Cody Hodgson was on the move. Pahlsson’s presence in the lineup gives Vancouver five proper NHL centers along with Steve Reinprecht ready to call up in the playoffs. I like the transition to skill to depth and defensive specialty. 

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      I didn’t realize Pahlsson was still in the league. I hope he decides playing for a good team is worth his paycheck. we’ll see.

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