Found January 20, 2014 on Fox Sports Florida:
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BRANDON, Fla. -- After another practice during a seamless transition, Valtteri Filppula tried to explain why his new environment has become a fast fit. This was early Friday afternoon, a little more than 12 hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning center recorded an assist in a shootout loss to the New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The point added to a streak of eight goals and nine assists in his past 16 games -- further proof that the Bolts signing him to a five-year, $25-million deal in free agency last July has allowed them to become a bona fide contender in the Eastern Conference. Filppula's presence is proof of a franchise in motion. The 29-year-old native of Vantaa, Finland, was inked as a second-line center following eight seasons with the Detroit Red Wings because former Tampa Bay staple Vinny Lecavalier was bought out last June and later signed with the Philadelphia Flyers. Six months ago, Lecavalier's legacy loomed large within the franchise that made him fa...
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