The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed centerman Valtteri Filppula to a five-year deal, according to multiple reports. The deal is reported to be worth $5 million a year.
Filppula, 29, has spent his entire eight-year career with the Detroit Red Wings. He is coming off a season in which he scored nine goals in 41 games. Filppula had his best season in 2011-12, when he totaled 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 81 games.
The Finnish centerman will replace Vincent Lecavalier, who signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
As per @Real_ESPNLeBrun, Valteri Filppula agrees to 5 year deal for $5M per year with TB.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 5, 2013
#Lightning have signed Valtteri Filppula. http://t.co/053kC3w2bU
— Spector's Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) July 5, 2013
Filppula was one of a cluster of players in which Tampa had interest. Yzerman certainly knows him from days in Detroit. — Damian Cristodero (@LightningTimes) July 5, 2013