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Filppula has some experience against some of the best teams and players in the game. That experience could be valuable in the new divison.
The Lightning solved that No. 2 center vacancy with the signing of former Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula. Though it certainly wasn’t a player-for-player trade, this move can and should be scrutinized next season.
Lecavalier’s contract never panned out, but he is still one of the most decorated players in Lightning history. He was replaced by Filppula’s five-year, $25 million contract.
Yzerman—with obvious ties to Detroit—said of the new acquisition (via Tampabay.com):
"He's just a well-rounded player," said Yzerman, who played four games as Filppula's Red Wings teammate in 2005-06, then watched him for four years as a team vice president. "We didn't just sign him for point production. Our team can score goals. I like the rest of his game. He's good defensively, good on faceoffs and a good skater. He really fits what we're trying to do here."