The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Valtteri Filppula to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
“We are pleased to sign Valtteri to a five-year contract today,” Yzerman said. “We feel he is an outstanding, all-around
centerman who brings a winning pedigree to our organization. He fills a much-needed position for us at
center and his skill, work ethic and character will make him a great addition to our team. On behalf of the
Lightning we’d like to welcome him to the organization.”
The 6-foot, 193-pound Filppula, 29, played in 41 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, recording nine goals
and 17 points. He ranked fifth among team forwards for assists (8) and points. Filppula’s 17:46 in average ice
time was also fourth among Red Wings forwards. He won 55.4 percent of face-offs last season to
lead the team. Filppula also played in all 14 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Detroit last season, recording two
goals and six points.
A native of Vantaa, Finland, Filppula has played in 483 career NHL games, all with the Red Wings, registering
100 goals, 251 points, 15 power-play goals and 12 game-winning goals. He has averaged 16 minutes or more in
average ice time in each of the previous six seasons, including a career-high 18:15 in 2011-12, the NHL ‘s last full
season. That year he also established career highs for games played with 81, goals with 23, assists with 43 and
points with 66. Filppula has excelled in the face-off circle during his time in the NHL, posting a 52.2 career win
Filppula also helped the Red Wings to a Stanley Cup Championship in 2008. He has played in the postseason in each of his NHL
seasons with the exception of one (2005-06), amassing 105 games played along with 19 goals and 57 points.
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