Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Lightning attempted to fill the
void left by Vincent Lecavalier on Friday, signing unrestricted free agent
center Valtteri Filppula to a five-year contract.
After Lecavalier left Tampa earlier this week to sign a five-year, $22.5
million deal with Philadelphia, the Lightning landed Filppula for a deal
reportedly worth $25 million.
Filppula, 29, expects to fill the second-line center spot vacated by the 33-
year-old Lecavalier's departure.
"He fills a much-needed position for us at center, and his skill, work ethic
and character will make him a great addition to our team," said Lightning
general manager Steve Yzerman.
The Finnish centerman was a third-round draft pick by Detroit and recorded 100
goals and 251 points over 483 career games with the Red Wings. He had a
career-best campaign with 23 goals and 66 points in 2011-12 and posted nine
goals and eight assists in 41 games with Detroit last season.
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