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Detroit’s Filppula signs in Finland

Sep 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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The exodus continues.

Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula became the latest locked-out NHLer to find work overseas on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with Finnish league outfit Jokerit.

The move comes as no surprise given Filppula’s ties to the organization — he played with Jokerit before joining the Red Wings organization following the lockout.

During the last work stoppage, the 28-year-old Finn was joined by a number of locked-out players on one of the SM-liiga’s most successful teams. Jokerit’s 2004-05 squad included Filppula, Tim Thomas, Brian Campbell, Sami Lepisto, Glen Metropolit and Ossi Vaananen.

Filppula is coming of a career year — 23G-43A-66PTS — and is the second Detroit player to sign overseas within the last 24 hours. Earlier, it was announced that Pavel Datsyuk had agreed to terms with KHL powerhouse CSKA Moscow.

Other NHLers that have either signed (or are close to signing) in Finland include Edmonton’s Lennart Petrell, San Jose’s Jason Demers and Carolina’s Jussi Jokinen.

  1. barkar942 - Sep 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    So. All of the millionaire SCABS are going all over the world and taking paychecks away from lower level athletes and thinking nothing of it. I’ll bet the NHLPA would be up in arms if the NHL owners decided to bring in “replacement players”!
    Why don’t the owners just bring up entire AHL farm teams to play the NHL schedule until the fat cats get tired of the buses, trains and raggedy airplanes. If I remember correctly last time, many of them became quickly disenfranchised with reality!

    • trick9 - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      Where would they actually bring adequate replacements for NHL players?

      Also that is because the owners are responsible for this lockout. Players were willing to play with the current CBA until new one is done and owners said no thanks.

  2. michflaguy - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Damn! Another Red Wing bites the dust. For God sakes…PLEASE END THIS MADNESS!!! : – )

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