Veteran forward Valtteri Filppula has played with the Detroit Red Wings for the better part of seven seasons and becomes an unrestricted free agent this coming offseason in July.
He was drafted by the Red Wings in the third round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft (95th overall). Filppula and Detroit talked earlier this season regarding extending his contract, but nothing more has been discussed since then as the two parties were too far apart. When asked about it by Detroit media, Filppula advised them that he is more concerned with playing and focusing on the season.
In a total of 473 NHL games played, Filppula has tallied 248 points (98 goals, 150 assists) to date. It would appear he’s a less than average player and not one worth keeping especially when the apparent asking price on his new contract is reported to be $5 million a season. Filppula seems to be taking advantage of just coming off his best season a year ago with 23 goals and 66 points (in 81 games). Unless the two parties come to some type of compromise, Filppula is most likely going to play elsewhere next season.
Filppula isn’t the only free agent that the Red Wings could lose at the end of the season if they’re not re-signed. There are a number of other players such as forwards Danny Cleary and Damien Brunner as well as elite goaltender Jimmy Howard.