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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
“I remember his first training camp with us last year. It’s pretty magical what he can do with the puck,” Tyler Johnson said. “You can tell he’s been working with (Pavel) Datsyuk pretty much all his entire career. For him to come over here and kind of teach us the little things about puck control, how you can slow down the tempo of the game a bit and play his style, I think a lot of guys learned from that.”
While Filppula has been pushed down in the pecking order by players such as Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat and Killorn, his defensive play still has given the Lightning value.
The two-way centre, who learned how to play the right way from Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg under coach Mike Babcock, allowed a struggling Stamkos to move over to the wing in these playoffs. And whether it is taking an important faceoff (his 52.8 per cent success rate is second only to Jonathan Toews’ 55.2 per cent), killing a penalty or protecting a lead in the final minute of a one-goal game, Filppula has Cooper’s trust in big moments.
“You look at the minutes and the situations he plays for us,” Cooper said. “He kills penalties, he takes the big draws, he plays in the power play, he plays in our top six. That goes down as one of those sneaky signings that people have already probably forgotten about.”
“On the bench after that goal, we were kind a looking at each other just thinking, ‘Did he really do that?’ It’s a shame when he was in Detroit with Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Lidstrom for all those years, because not a lot of people talked about him. But he is getting a chance to show what you can do and it’s impressive.’’
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Valtteri Filppula. More on "Flip" from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Below, watch the goal Stamkos is talking about...
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Filppula signed with Tampa Bay on July 5, eight days after Lecavalier’s buyout. The natural inclination, then, is to view Filppula as the replacement for Lecavalier.
But Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he will go into training camp with no preconceived notions regarding Filppula’s role or what line he will play on when the season opens Oct. 3. Cooper has never seen Filppula play in person and knows the player only from tape, so he will see how things play out in training camp and during the preseason.
Lecavalier, the No. 1 overall pick by the Lightning in 1998, has 383 goals and 491 assists in 1,037 career games. Filppula, also a left-handed shot, has 100 goals and 151 assists in 483 career games.
“I think everybody in our organization 100 percent knows that it is not even comparable,’’ Cooper said of comparing Filppula with Lecavalier. “But because they play the same position, they shoot the same hand, of course they are going to be compared. I just think that’s unfair to put that on Val, because Vinny has been doing it in this league for 15 years at a high level. So, that’s an unfair comparison.’’
Cooper is certainly savvy enough to know Filppula will be a welcome addition to the roster.
“I think he is coming right into his prime, and he’s spent pretty much his entire professional career being educated at a Grade-A organization,’’ Cooper said. “And he has won. He comes from a winning organization, so any time you can take players out of that environment while you are trying to create that in your organization, it will help us.’’
Pierre LeBrun mentioned on Saturday night the Toronto Maple Leafs received an offer for Kris Versteeg and it appears it made some sense to them.
So the Leafs put the word out, seeing if they could get a better offer than the one that was made.
Now let’s look at this from as a Detroit/Toronto scenerio. Leafs need help at center, Wings could using some scoring on the wing.
How does Valtteri Filppula for Kris Versteeg sound?
Filppula is 26 years old, makes $3M per year and is signed through the 2012-13 season while Versteeg is 24, earns just over $3M and is signed through the 2011-12 season
from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News, .
..a few players I’m expecting to break out from the pack and onto the scene in 2010-11.
Valtteri Filppula, Detroit
The man with the oft-misspelled name, Filppula took on a bigger role with the Red Wings last year after Jiri Hudler bolted for the Kontinental League. The 26-year-old Finn was bothered by a wrist injury through November and December, however, which kept him from having a better season.
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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Center Valtteri Filppula will sit out tonight’s game against Ottawa due to a sore groin. Filppula said it flared up on him in Thursday’s game in San Jose. He is hoping to be ready for Finland’s first game at the Olympics on Tuesday.
“I’m concerned,’’ Filppula said. “I definitely want to play (in the Olympics). I want to play tonight, too, but we’ll have to see how it is. It’s much better today than it was yesterday.’‘
Andreas Lilja, back from his conditioning stint with Grand Rapids, skated and said he’s ready to play. But he first must be cleared by doctors on Monday. If he is cleared, the Wings must clear about $700,000 under the salary cap. The most likely scenario is putting Kirk Maltby on long-term injured reserve.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
The Red Wings have lost center Valtteri Filppula for 6-8 weeks with a broken right wrist.
Filppula was hurt in the second period of Thursday’s 6-5 shootout loss at Edmonton when he was hit by Gilbert Brule.
“I feel terrible, but nothing I can do now,” Filppula said.
“It’s not good,” Henrik Zetterberg added. “It’s tough to lose a player and especially Fil, he plays a lot of minutes and plays in all situations, so it’s a tough break for us.”
General manager Ken Holland said the team would not be recalling anyone from the minors, as they have enough forwards to go around.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jimmy Howard hasn’t been lost in the shuffle. The Red Wings signed Howard to a three-year, $2.15 million contract Monday and still view their top draft pick from 2003 as the heir apparent to Chris Osgood.
“We’re banking on him being one of our goalies of the future,’’ Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “Chris Osgood has three years left on his contract and in those three years we hope Jimmy Howard is pushing Chris Osgood for the starting job.’‘...
Nill said the club is close to signing its last two restricted free agents, forward Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Kyle Quincey. Filppula’s deal will range from between two and five years and Quincey’s from one to three years, Nill said.
“We’re making good progress (with Filppula),’’ Nill said. “We think we’ll be able to avoid arbitration (on Aug. 1).’‘
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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
The NHL Players Association announced Saturday that 15 players had elected to have salary arbitration, and Filppula, 24, was the only one for the Wings. Filppula could have signed an offer sheet with another NHL club, but that threat has been eliminated by him filing for arbitration. A Vancouver radio station had reported that the Canucks were preparing to send an offer sheet, but that never happened.
NHL.com has a list of the players who filed for salary arbitration today.
from Behind the Jersey,
Like most college students, I am a Facebook user. So when a friend told me that a legit looking Valtteri Filppula profile updated his status with “traded to Atlanta…”, I had to take a look myself. It is probably the most legit looking hockey player Facebook profile I’ve seen, but that still doesn’t mean I believe it.
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from the Windsor Star,
Can the Finn finish?
“I don’t think too much (about the increased expectations),” said Filppula, who had 10 goals and seven assists in limited playing time last season. “I think the biggest expectations are coming from myself.
“For me, what I’m expecting, is to continue what was going on at the end of last season. Getting more ice time and getting better and better. I think I improved my game as the season went on. “I haven’t really thought about the number of points I should be producing.”
A year ago, Filppula wasn’t even on the Red Wings’ opening night roster.