Found July 05, 2013 on The Detroit Sports Site:
It was all but a given that Valtteri Filppula had played his last game with the Detroit Red Wings, and now that’s official. Filppula signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning (and GM Steve Yzerman), multiple outlets reported. The Red Wings had tried to get Filppula locked into a contract extension prior to this past season, then continued to chat with Filppula and his agent in recent weeks. However, Filppula opted to look for greener pastures and a shot at more meaningful ice time. He may have found those things in Tampa Bay, though in moderation. Filppula’s contract, at $5 million per season, comes out just $100K over what Detroit handed Stephen Weiss, and the Lightning have a clear-cut No. 1 center in Steven Stamkos. Filppula had 17 points for the Wings this past season, on the heels of a 66-point breakthrough showing in 2011-12. He had been a key playoff contributor for Detroit, scoring numerous key goals — and that was especially true in Game 7s, which made his exit in the finale vs. Chicago due to injury particularly frustrating.

Tampa Bay Lightning sign Valtteri Filppula, who exits Detroit for bucks and ice time

Well, former Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula got his money, and he gets the chance to replace Vincent Lecavalier... As per @Real_ESPNLeBrun, Valteri Filppula agrees to 5 year deal for $5M per year with TB. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013 Filppula was one of a cluster of players in which Tampa had interest. Yzerman certainly knows him from...

St. James provides an update regarding Red Wings’ roster situation

The Detroit Free Press's Helene St. James follows up a very busy Friday with a fantastic update regarding the Red Wings' roster moves to come, first updating the respective statuses of Damien Brunner (who Ken Holland stated was "going in a different direction" during the Alfredsson/Weiss presser) and Daniel Cleary... The Wings had talked many times with Brunner...

Lightning sign third overall pick Jonathan Drouin

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, to a three-year, entry level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.  Drouin will be participating in the Lightning’s annual development camp which kicks off tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. Drouin, 18, skated...

Eastern Conference? Meet Ken Holland, The Real Ken Holland

Ottawa's a division rival.  Hi. Ken Holland stole your captain. Florida's a division rival. Hello. Ken Holland stole your co-captain. Boston's a divsion favorite. Greetings.  Ken Holland nabbed Daniel Alfredsson from under your noses. And he might not be done yet. Continue reading "Eastern Conference? Meet Ken Holland, The Real Ken Holland"

Red Wings sign Luke Glendening; Chad Billins exits for Calgary

It's not a big signing given the magnitude of what's happened today, but it's great for the Red Wings and great for someone who was a walk-on with the University of Michigan and a try-out who earned an AHL-only contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins: RED WINGS SIGN FORWARD LUKE GLENDENING TO A ONE-YEAR DEAL ... Grand Rapids Native Helped Lead Griffins to the...

Damien Brunner, Daniel Cleary Hit Free-Agent Market

As the Detroit Red Wings sit poised to add free-agent forward Daniel Alfredsson, they may have to bid farewell to Damien Brunner and Daniel Cleary. Both players, plus Valtteri Filppula, failed to reach agreements on new contracts with the Wings before noon Friday, making them unrestricted free agents.

Weiss appears to be Detroit's top target

Wednesday was the first day that NHL teams were allowed to contact other teams' unrestricted free agents, and the Detroit Red Wings started burning up the phone lines early trying to determine which players, if any, have an interest in coming to Detroit. The Wings reached out to several players, but it appears their main targets are centers Stephen Weiss, Mike Riberio, and Matt...

Mark Spizzirri: Red Wings going "ALL IN!"

Ken Holland and the Detroit Red Wings returned to the forefront of the league's free agency frenzy on Friday by addressing their needs for additional scoring help by acquiring RW Daniel Alfredsson and C Stephen Weiss. In addition to the expected promotion of Calder Cup Most Valuable Player Tomas Tatar to Detroit this fall on a full-time basis, it appears that trio will offset...

Left Wing Lock reveals Red Wings’ summer development camp roster

The Detroit Red Wings' annual summer development camp takes place from next Wednesday, July 9th, to Monday, July 15th. The Red Wings released a pre-draft preliminary roster for the camp, the Left Wing Lock's Sarah Lindenau listed the try-out invitees, and now the Left Wing Lock's posted the entire roster--though it's subject to change: Announcing the #drwdc...

Adding Daniel Alfredsson, Stephen Weiss a Wise Decision for Detroit Red Wings Prior to Move East

Daniel Alfredsson made the biggest free agency news Friday, when he left his Ottawa Senators for a chance to win a Stanley Cup with the Red Wings. Given all he’ll bring to the table, the move was excellent for Detroit. (Beauty Playin ‘Eh, Flickr) The Detroit Red Wings pounced swiftly on the rest of the Eastern Conference Friday as the NHL’s free agency period officially opened...

Well what the f*** then? Now Pleiness reports that the Red Wings aren’t close to re-signing Cleary

Okay, so maybe we know that the front office is indeed in flux today, because we were first told that Daniel Cleary was about to re-sign with the Wings, and minutes after MLive's Brendan Savage got an answer from Ken Holland as to what the waylaid scouting staff would do to rebound from Jim Nill's extrication of its director of amateur scouting, the Macomb Daily's Chuck...

Detroit Red Wings: A SweDetroit Free Agency

(Via Getty Images). By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) In the hours before the start of free agency at noon on Friday, the Detroit Red Wings were planning to execute the biggest coup in recent memory. At noon, long-time Ottawa Senators captain, Daniel Alfredsson, signed a one-year $3.5 million contract with Detroit. The contract is bonus laden and can net Alfredsson as much as $5.5 million...

Report: Red Wings appear to be the front runners for Daniel Alfredsson

Thursday, 40-year old forward Daniel Alredsson narrowed his list of potential teams down to three, the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and the Detroit Red Wings. Initially it was being reported that the longtime Ottawa Senator wouldn’t make his decision until free agency began today and early reports out of Ottawa are indicating that things aren’t looking good for an Ottawa return...

Detroit Red Wings rejoin NHL's offensive elite

The addition of Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson could move Detroit’s offense back toward the NHL’s elite.The pieces should fit together nicely. Weiss is a natural center who slides in behind No. 1 pivotman Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings used the since-departed Valtteri Filppula at center so that Zetterberg could play on Datsyuk’s wing.Unfortunately, Filppula struggled in...

Notable Tweets Of The Morning

Unlikely Paul Ranger decides to return to the NHL before tomorrow, but he hasn't rule out returning. So many teams will be interested... — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 4, 2013   I believe the final 3 on Daniel Briere are the Devils, Predators and Habs — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 4, 2013   Lots of teams reached out on Alfredsson...
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