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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.
more plus other players mentioned…
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).’‘
more on the Wings…
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.