Samuelsson outraged by Olympic hockey snub

A day after forward Mikael Samuelsson slammed the Swedish national ice hockey team leadership for leaving him off the provisional Olympic roster, coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson said he had no plans to reach out to the disgruntled right winger.

Samuelsson outraged by Olympic hockey snub

The 33-year-old Samuelsson, who was a member of Sweden’s 2006 Olympic gold medal team and currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks, pulled no punches when he was asked about being left off the provisional Olympic roster on Sunday.

“I pretty much have one comment and maybe I’ll regret it. But they can go fuck themselves. That’s what I really think,” Samuelsson told the Canadian press in a post game interview on Sunday night.

The comments were considerably more pointed than those he initially offered to the Swedish press following his Olympic snub.

“It’s obvious I’m disappointed…but I’m biting my tongue so I don’t say too much,” he told the Aftonbladet newspaper.

While Samuelsson could theoretically still be added to the roster at a later date to accommodate possible injuries to other players, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested if head coach Gustafsson eventually called.

“Not a chance. If he doesn’t want me, he doesn’t want me,” Samulesson told the Canadian press.

Gustafsson was surprised by Samuelsson’s reaction, calling it “tragic”.

“I think it’s a shame that he expressed himself in that way,” the coach told Aftonbladet.

He added that he has no plans to contact Samuelsson to attempt to clear the air.

“Having made a statement like that, I don’t know if there is anything to clear up. There are 45 other players from the squad who also weren’t chosen, in which case I would have to call all of them,” Gustafsson said.

“I think that everyone should be treated equally; this is after all a team sport we’re dealing with.”

After finishing last season with the Detroit Red Wings, Samuelsson was traded to Vancouver where he has notched 10 goals and 14 assists in 39 games.

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Sweden’s Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft

Rasmus Dahlin became just the second Swedish-born player to be selected first overall in the NHL draft on Friday when the Buffalo Sabres used the top pick on the rangy teenage defenceman.

Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin first overall pick in NHL draft
Rasmus Dahlin is bound for Buffalo. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
Dahlin, who plays for Frolunda HC in the Swedish league and was widely expected to be the first pick, follows Mats Sundin, who was the top choice of the Quebec Nordiques in 1989.
“I just want everything to start,” Dahlin said. “I'm going to bring everything I have to that city. I'm super excited. I can't wait.”
Russian forward Andrei Svechnikov went second to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Montreal Canadiens used the third pick to get Finnish centre Jesperi Kotkaniemi.
The draft had a decided Europe flavour as four of the top six players were Europeans. The first American was Brady Tkachuk who went to the Ottawa Senators at No. 4 and the Phoenix Coyotes took the first Canadian Barrett Hayton with the fifth pick. 
The 18-year-old Dahlin said he was happy to call Buffalo home despite the fact they haven't had a winning season in the past seven seasons and have missed the playoffs eight years in a row.
“It's amazing to finally put on the Buffalo Sabres' jersey,” Dahlin said. “I've been there twice. I love that city.”
The six-foot-three, 185-pound Dahlin was honoured as the best defenceman at the 2018 world junior championship in Buffalo, registering six assists in seven games. He also played twice for Sweden as a 17-year-old at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
At number six, the Detroit Red Wings chose the brash Halifax Mooseheads winger Filip Zadina who vowed to make teams that passed on him pay down the road.
“I'm telling my agent if they will pass on me, I will fill their net with the puck,” the Czech Zadina said. “Yeah, it's just I want to prove to them that they have done a bad decision.”
The lone trade of the day came before the draft when the Colorado Avalanche acquired backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenceman Brooks Orpik from the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals for the 47th pick. The Capitals were willing to get rid of Orpik and Grubauer so they could create salary cap space to sign free agents.