Valtteri Filppula returns on a 2-year contract, at $3 million per season

Fil is back:

The #RedWings today signed center Valtteri Filppula to a 2-year contract.— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 1, 2019

Appears #RedWings and Valtteri Filppula agree on a 2-year contract— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) July 1, 2019

Update: Helene St. James confirms on the Free Press’s website:


The Finnish forward is rejoining the Wings, for whom he played from 2005-2013. Yzerman has history with Filppula, having signed him in 2013 to a five-year, $25 million deal while general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Filppula, 35, is an underwhelming but safe choice, a solid two-way guy who will be a good fit in the locker room, can play center or wing, and both special teams. 

#RedWings two-year deal with Valtteri Filppula is for $3 million per season.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2019

Fil’s got a good agent.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) July 1, 2019

I wonder about Frans Nielsen’s future on #RedWings…Nielsen and Filppula basically the same player, more or less. Don’t need 2 of these on a rebuilding team, ideally— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) July 1, 2019

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