Originally written on The Majors Detroit  |  Last updated 3/30/13

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 04: Bill Guerin #13 of the Pittsburgh Penguins battles for the puck against Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Detroit Red Wings during Game Four of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 4, 2009 at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Detroit is at a crossroads. Here in 2013 the Detroit Red Wings need to decide where they see themselves moving forward and should Valtteri Filppula part of it? I say no for a few reasons. Detroit is in transition and even being under the cap Detroit has many questions to answer going forward. Who to keep, who to let go and perhaps who to trade? First off, Detroit has a cap hit of  $49,675,000 next year, which leaves them in great shape with a little over $18 million dollars in cap space (Capgeek.com). Remember the cap will fall from $70.2 million to $64.4 million and Detroit will be one of the few playoff teams that have a huge cap space number, which is why I say trade Filppula. Filppula will require a contract exceeding $5 million dollars a season and giving a player that has only had 20 goals and 60 points in 8 seasons is a bad deal. I like Filppula, he is a solid two way player but has never blossomed into that next level like scouts thought he would. The power is in Filppula’s ...
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