One of the main playoff contributors during the latter years of the Detroit Red Wings’ dynasty has brought back and coming in full circle by their new general manager Steve Yzerman.
Forward Valterri Filppula signed with Red Wings on a two-year deal. The deal is worth up to $3 million per season towards their cap hit.
Last season when he played with the New York Islanders, the 35-year-old scored 31 points in 72 regular season games before an upper-body injury forced him to miss the rest of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs afterwards.
Of the ex-Wings available in free agency, I'd say Valtteri Filppula most likely to re-appear with Red Wings. Has history with team and Yzerman.— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 1, 2019
Then root for a roster that numbers Filppula, Filip Hronek, Filip Zadina and Filip Larsson. #somanyFils
Filppula was originally drafted in the third round by Detroit in 2002.
He played for the franchise for eight seasons and has scored 86 playoff points in his Red Wings playoff career.
He also won the President’s Trophy along with the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008.
Yzerman went on to sign Filppula in 2013 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, on route for both of them to reach the Stanley Cup Finals one season later.
Filppula will be joined up with fellow free agent signings in defenseman Patrik Nemeth and goaltender Calvin Pickard.
Both. of the players mentioned above, including Filppula, are also signed to two-year contracts.