Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 7/5/13
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 with the Red Wings. In the 2011-2012 season, he scored 23 goals to go with 43 assists in 81 games. His numbers were practically cut in half in 41 games this past season. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is familiar with Filppula because of the time he served in the Red Wings front office.  *UPDATE* Lightning have officially announced the signing of Valtteri Filppula. The following is from the team's communications department. “We are pleased to sign Valtteri to a five-year contract today,” Yzerman said.  “We feel he is an outstanding, all-around centerman who brings a winning pedigree to our organi...
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