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Valtteri Filppula suffered high-ankle sprain in Game 7

May 30, 2013, 8:04 AM EDT

If Wednesday was the last time forward Valtteri Filppula ever plays for the Detroit Red Wings, his tenure ended in one of the worst ways possible.

Not only did his team get eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7, but he left early in the contest after Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to slew foot him.

Filppula, 29, had an immobilizer on his left leg after the incident and Red Wings GM Ken Holland revealed that he had sustained a high-ankle sprain, according to the Detroit Free Press and

When asked if Shaw did slew foot Filppula, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock declined to answer the question directly.

“You guys watched the video, you decide,” Babcock said. “He’s hurt.”

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Babcock added that Filppula will be ready for training camp, but whose training camp? He’s scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and is reportedly seeking $5 million annually.

That’s a big raise over his expiring five-year, $15,000,000 contract and one he might not get after struggling in the regular season with nine goals and 17 points in 41 games.

  1. hockeydon10 - May 30, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Shaw’s foot does come forward right into the back of Filp’s skate while they’re jostling.

  2. blackhawks2010 - May 30, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    The fact that Flippula is seeking $5million has more to do with why he won’t be back with Wings than an ankle injury.
    Clean hit, hockey is a contact sport.

    • FireBettman - May 30, 2013 at 8:48 AM

      Just because its a contact sport doesn’t mean it’s a clean hit. Shaw slewfooted him, I get that you’re a Blackhawks fan and all but if you took off those red colored glasses you’d probably see it a little more clearly

    • michiganhockey11 - May 30, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      The mere fact that you are calling a slew foot a clean hit shows you have no intelligence when it comes to hockey. You’re a tool. Slew footing is a very dangerous, idiotic, cheap shot with nothing but an intent to injure.

  3. comeonnowguys - May 30, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    There’s so much wrong with that whole exchange. Shaw camping out and giving Zetterberg a shot. Zetterberg going for Shaw’s groin. Cleary’s grabbing Shaw from the bench. Shaw’s shove.

    If you want to see a slew foot there, it’s all there for you. I saw it was as much a shove and fall, where Shaw gave him a parting shot, Fip bounced off the boards, didn’t have his feet under him because everyone was by the boards, grabbed Shaw as he fell (as pretty much anybody falling would do), pulling Shaw back.

    The whole thing was unfortunate. Pierre’s an idiot.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 30, 2013 at 9:26 AM

      Pierre is an idiot. All kinds of crap in that exchange. If Shaw’s foot doesn’t move up like that, Filppula doesn’t fall over.

  4. michiganhockey11 - May 30, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Slew footing will get you a suspended during the regular season. Will there be supplimental discipline?

  5. jeffchadwick - May 30, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Of course it’s a slew foot. Of course the NHL won’t do anything about it. Shaw is quickly earning a well-deserved reputation as one of the dirtier players in the NHL.

    • shwoogy1 - May 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      If anyone is dirty its Cleary. His game IS being dirty. Don’t confuse Shaw’s hard nosed playing style with being “Cleary”. It was an unfortunate play. It is what it is. Fortunately the BEST HOCKEY TEAM IN THE NHL came on top.

      • jeffchadwick - May 30, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        A guy who has never had more than 51 PIM in a season is “dirty?” Thanks for the yuk.

  6. michiganhockey11 - May 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I thought they were trying to take the dirty plays out of the game? Like that huge elbow that Nyquist took to the skull on Chicago’s OT winner.

    • dt58 - May 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Like Clearys elbow to the head of Hjalmarsson behind the net in the 2nd? Went both ways dude

      • jeffchadwick - May 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        May I suggest a prescription for new spectacles? The play in question is below, and there is minimal – if any – contact with the head, let alone with Cleary’s elbow.

      • porkchopexpress1969 - May 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Holy Crap your a homer….. No elbow what so ever…… Watch the replay.

  7. sjsharks66 - May 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Blackhawks2010 probably thought the elbow to Sedin was clean too. Just a good physical hockey hit. He probably also does not remember Shaw elbowing Mike Smith last year. That was probably just “physical hockey” also.

    • comeonnowguys - May 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      Says the guy who defends Raffi Torres.

    • michiganhockey11 - May 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Let’s not forget Sharp spearing Lidstrom in the groin in the 2010 playoffs which nearly caused near “catastrophic testicular failure.

    • bigkid66 - May 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      People seem to forget (conveniently) that Sedin took a cheap shot at Keith’s head prior to Keith’s elbow. No question is was dirty and no question the suspension was justified but I’m sure it will make Sedin think twice before doing that again.

      • 19to77 - May 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM

        Yep. Better just take cheap shots at other teams’ players to convince them not to take cheap shots at ours. Because that’s going to work out just perfectly. Brilliant.

      • bigkid66 - May 30, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        He didn’t take a cheap shot at the “other teams’ players”. He took a cheap shot at THE player who threw an elbow at him earlier. Keith has never struck me as a dirty player. Ever take an elbow to the head? It will get your dander up.

    • yankeehawk - May 30, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      sjsharks66….u must be an awful frustrated idiot…..having to bash everything about the “Hawks and watching the ….hee,hee Sharks on the sidelines again……oh well….always next year……AGAIN..

  8. sjsharks66 - May 30, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I never defended Torres on his Hossa hit. Never defended him on the michalek hit or any other cheap, disgusting hit he has thrown.

    Stoll even came out and said it was a fine hit. So you’re right. I will defend Torres this time.

  9. blackhawksdynasty - May 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Holy crybabies Batman!!! It’s hockey. Grow some stones, kids. I understand you’re unhappy the wings blew their opportunities, but get over it! Make your calls now, and you might get a decent tee time this weekend!

  10. porkchopexpress1969 - May 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Shaw and Bickell 2 of the biggest douches in the game.

    • blackhawksdynasty - May 30, 2013 at 10:09 PM

      In all seriousness, Shaw plays on the edge. He crosses it from time to time, but he’s still just a kid trying to learn and find his place in the NHL.
      Bickell however, is as clean as they get. He’s a big power forward who’s gonna make another team very happy when he is a UFA this summer (Chicago won’t be able to afford him). Not to mention he’s a big contributor to various charities and runs his own pit bull rescue. If he’s a douche, what does that make you?

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