Samuelsson helped Detroit win the Stanley Cup in 2008 in his third of four seasons with the franchise. The 35-year-old Swede was limited because of injuries to 54 games and 31 points last season with Vancouver and Florida.
"He can play with our top six or our bottom six forwards and really help us either way," Holland said.
Detroit also signed 26-year-old forward Damien Brunner of Switzerland to a one-year, two-way contract that allows the franchise to send him to the AHL's Grand Griffins if he doesn't earn a spot on the Red Wings' roster.
"He's going to get an opportunity to play with some of our better players in camp to give him a shot to make the team," Holland said. "He can really skate and we've liked what we've seen from him so far."
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