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by George Malik on 05/30/13 at 01:49 PM ET
The Red Wings lost Valtteri Filppula's services after he was slew-footed by Andrew Shaw (though Kerry Fraser doesn't think so) during last night's Game 7 loss to Chicago, and while Filppula's future with the organization is likely down to a couple of weeks, MLive's Ansar Khan provides an injury update regarding Filppula's status:
If the Wings want to keep him, a high ankle sprain won't dissuade them from signing him, and if they want to flip his rights at the draft (sign-and-trade-wise or in a straight-up trade), he'll still have value, but suffering a high ankle sprain in June will cut into his off-season training regimen.
Update #2: Khan asked Holland about the state of contract negotiations with Filppula...
Filppula might have played his final game as a Red Wing. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 and there has been no recent contact talks between his agent and Holland.
“I made Fil and offer in August and September, we had some back and forth,'' Holland said. “I'm sure we'll have some conversation.''
And OY VEY:
Holland said forward Mikael Samuelsson might need surgery for an issue with his pectoral muscle that plagued him late in the season and in the playoffs.
Samuelsson missed the final 13 games of the regular season with the injury, which he sustained in a 7-1 loss to the Blackhawks on March 31. Samuelsson re-injured it in Game 7 against Anaheim in the first round and didn't play in the Chicago series.
Combined with other injuries (pulled groin, broken finger), Samuelsson appeared in only four regular season games and five playoff games.
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