Multiple sources are reporting the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Detroit Red Wing free agent center Valtteri Filppula for a 5 year 25 million dollar deal.
As per @Real_ESPNLeBrun, Valteri Filppula agrees to 5 year deal for $5M per year with TB.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
Filppula has been criticized by fans over the last few season for his streaky goal scoring and play-off scoring droughts. The Red Wings essentially trade Filppula for Stephen Weiss whom the Wings signed for 5 years $4.9 million in the opening hours of NHL free agency.
Valteri Filppula scored 100 goals in 8 seasons with the Red Wings. He set his career mark for goals in a season in 2012 with 23 goals. In last years strike shortened season, Filppula scores 9 goals and tallied 8 assists. Filppula signed a contract with conference rival Tampa Bay and General Manger Steve Yzerman who played with Filppula his final season in Detroit.