Sep 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT
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.
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