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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
In his first two preseason games since signing a five-year free-agent deal with Tampa Bay, Filppula looks every bit the part Tampa Bay signed him to be — and more. In those two games before Tuesday, Filppula produced four assists and had a successful shootout attempt.
In the offensive zone, Filppula has impressive puck control, poise and vision that can give opposing defenders fits, all while keeping his linemates on their skates to be ready at a moment’s notice.
“As you play more with him, you pick up on some of his tendencies, like you don’t have to be so close to him because he is so good with the puck and does a good job of holding it,’’ said right wing Teddy Purcell, who played camp scrimmages and the preseason opener on a line with Filppula.
“To support him, you have to get away from him, let him do his thing and get open because (the puck) can come at any time.’’...
“He gives optimal effort every shift. He does what he is asked and you can’t ask for more as a coach,’’ Cooper said. “I think the big part, and everybody is looking at his offense and his offense is all well and good and we want that, but in the end we need a defensive player, somebody who is going play at both ends of the ice and on the penalty kill.
“If he delivers on that end, the rest is gravy for us.’’
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
A moment we won’t soon forget. Through all the hooting and hollering in the Wings’ dressing room last June after capturing the Stanley Cup, we ran into former Wings executive and coach Scotty Bowman, and he went on and on about one player: Filppula.
Zetterberg had won the Conn Smythe, Datsyuk had been superb and Nicklas Lidstrom was majestic as always, but we’ll never forget how Bowman, the game’s greatest all-time coach, talked at length about Filppula.
Now we’re beginning to see even more of what Bowman was talking about. Filppula has 13 points (1-12) in 15 playoff games this spring, surpassing last season’s tally of 11 points (5-6) in 22 games. Suddenly, the offense is coming in bigger doses.
“I’ve been trying to play the same way,” Filppula said. “Getting more offense this year, which is always good. The main thing is to play really well defensively and be happy with the offense I can get.”
more on the Wings/Blackhawks game 5 matchup.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
If the Canucks strike out in the Sundin sweepstakes, look for Gillis to take another swipe at adding to his roster through a restricted free agent offer sheet.
Best bet? Detroit winger Valterri Filppula. The Red Wings tend not to lose players they want to keep—and Filppula definitely fits that category—but they are running out of cap space. It might take an offer in the $4 million dollar range to force them to pass
more and some UFAs that are still unsigned…