May 23, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula (51) skates with the puck against the Chicago Blackhawks in game four of the second round for the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking: Former Red Wing Valtteri Filppula Sign With Tampa Bay Lightning

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.


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.

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