Posted July 05, 2013 on AP on Fox
A person familiar with negotiations has confirmed that the Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to sign free-agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $25 million contract. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Lightning had not announced the deal Friday, the first day of the NHL's free agency period. first reported the agreement. The Lightning did announce that they've signed rookie first-round pick Jonathan Drouin to a three-year, entry-level contact. Drouin was the third pick in the draft last weekend. Filppula has shown flashes of promise during his previous eight seasons with Detroit. After scoring 23 goals and finishing with 66 points in 81 games two years ago, he managed just nine goals and 17 points in 41 games last season.

Report: Lightning sign free agent center Filppula (Updated)

A week after buying out Vincent Lecavalier’s contract, the Tampa Bay Lightning sign Detroit Red Wings free agent center Valtteri Filppula, according multiple reports. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted the contract details. As per @Real_ESPNLeBrun, Valteri Filppula agrees to 5 year deal for $5M per year with TB. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013 Filppula played seven seasons...

Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss to 5 years, $4.9 million per year

Farewell, Valtteri Filppula: the Red Wings have decided to replace Filppula with Stephen Weiss: Goodbye to Stephen Weiss who signs with Detroit. #classact — Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) July 5, 2013 This went down weirdly... Continue reading "Red Wings sign Stephen Weiss to 5 years, $4.9 million per year"

Valtteri Filppula Nabs 5-Year, $25 Million Deal by Tampa Bay Lightning

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...

Lightning sign top draft pick Jonathan Drouin

Forward Jonathan Drouin, the third overall selection in this years NHL draft, was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Friday. Drouin will participate in the Lightnings annual development camp that begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Brandon, Fla. Drouin, 18, played 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League...

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...

Filppula Inks Five Year Deal With The Tampa Bay Lightning by   Jeffrey Kleiman

On Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Valtteri Filppula agreed to a deal that will pay the Finnish center $25 million over the course of five years and will carry a $5 million cap hit for the Winged Wheel. The 29 year-old just came off of a season that saw him score nine goals and seventeen points over the course [...]

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...

Stephen Weiss Reportedly Signs 5-Year Deal With Detroit Red Wings

Stephen Weiss looks like he’ll be the Detroit Red Wings’ new second-line center, with Valtteri Filppula headed out the door. Weiss and the Wings agreed to a five-year, $24.5-million deal on Friday, TSN reported. That’s an average of $4.9 million per season — or, slightly less than the $5 million per Filppula initially was believed to be seeking. Filppula’s number still...

Wings Still Interested In Filppula

Still about half a dozen teams in on Valtteri Filppula. Red Wings believed to still be one of them. — Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) July 4, 2013

Tampa Bay signs Jonathan Drouin to 3-year contract

Yowza, the Tampa Bay Lightning wasted no time inking their top pick to a deal: #Tblightning have signed Jonathan Drouin to a three-year entry level contract — Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) July 5, 2013

Rangers sign Benoit Pouliot

Good depth signing... #NYR agree to terms with LW Benoit Pouliot, 26, who played for the Lightning last season. Former fourth overall pick in 2005 by Wild. — Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) July 5, 2013

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...

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...

Lightning Sign Geoff Walker To One Year Pact by   Steven Ellis

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Geoff Walker to a one-year, two-way contract. Walker was signed to his first NHL contract on a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2012. The 25 year old skated in 51 games last season with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, collecting five goals and 20 points to [...]

Honest Question

Are you happy with today? I was, but then a moment of reflecting upon our acquisitions and non-acquisitions made me see the light. We lost Damien Brunner and Valtteri Filppula to free agency. We gained Stephen Weiss-not-VVeiss and Daniel Alfredsson. So what? If we remove context, and someone says to me, seemingly out of the blue on any other day, that the Detroit Red Wings will...
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