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Filppula acknowledges that leaving the Red Wings is a possibility

May 31, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

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Pending unrestricted free agent Valtteri Filppula has played his NHL career with only one team – the Detroit Red Wings – but that could change this summer.

Filppula, 29, is in the final year of a five-year, $15 million contract with the Red Wings.

“I don’t know, it’s too early to say right now,” Filppula told The Detroit News. “It’s been the only team I’ve played with. There’s nothing but positive things to say (about the organization), and it’s a great place to be.

“We’ll see what happens this summer. I haven’t thought too much about it. Possibly it (leaving the Red Wings) could happen. It would be tough.”

Originally from Vantaa, Finland, Filppula joined the Red Wings in the 2005-06 season.

He had a breakout campaign in 2011-12, scoring a career-high 23 goals and 66 points. But this season, coming out of the lockout, was a struggle in terms of overall offensive production.

He had nine goals and 17 points in 41 games played.

  1. rsmaggiemae - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    If the Wild could afford him he should come to Minnesota as they call our state Finnesota, as we have so many Finnish hockey players come here for college and pro.
    It reminds them of Finland and we do have a community of Finlanders here…
    That would be a great fit …

    • 19to77 - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      Right, because the Wild don’t have enough overpriced UFAs yet. They clearly need to get more.

  2. bettmanistheworstever - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Word on the street is that Fil is going to work with Ulfie Samuelson on learning to slew foot, and will be thinking about the next time he plays against Shaw. And that Shaw gave credit to Ulfie for taking Fil out – had watched a lot of video. Cory Perry is working with Ulfie too.

  3. 0ffsides - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM


  4. groleo45 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    To the dude commenting about the finnish community in MN, I’m sorry but your Scandanavian emigration patterns need a double check. The primary Finnish community in is Michigan’s UP, the Swedes in Wisconsin, and finally the Norwegians in MN. As someone who sounds like he is from MN I would have thought you would know this.

    • box080809 - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      I don’t think he was speaking historically. I think he was referring to the number of hockey players that have been born/lived in Finland, that have come to play at the university and professional levels in Minnesota.

  5. redgreentape - Jun 1, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    As a Wings fan, I hope he does leave, If you want him be careful of what you wish for.

  6. polegojim - Jun 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Val has some good qualities… but has not turned into the ‘on-ice force’ Babs hoped for .

    Soft on the puck/easily pushed off, plays small, very few hits, barely above ordinary speed.

    I like Val, but ‘inconsistent’ is how I’d describe him – +16, then -1; -4, then +18, then -4

    That said… might still be better than and ‘unknown’.

    • mizbinboston - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      I think Nyquist’s got him beat. Despite being (technically) an “unknown” Gus had a pretty impressive play-off streak for the Wings. He’s also more comfortable with the physical aspect of North American play, I really want Filppula–who reminds me of Kozlov–to stay a Wing, but $5 million is ridiculous.

      • polegojim - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        Exactly… Nyquist has pop and finesse. Really like his game.

  7. mizbinboston - Jun 1, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    I always liked Flip and was really hoping he’d pull it off this year. Great 2-way player. $5 mill with Nyquist and Tatar nipping at your heels? No way. Go talk to Hudler and Leino and see how that worked out for them.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      To Leino’s credit, he played well in Philly due to incredible chemistry with Danny B and Scottie. The Sabres didn’t realize this and overpaid him big time. But your point is spot on.

      • mizbinboston - Jun 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Completely agree. Look at the Wing’s system though. We obviously favor small, fast, puck-possession wingers. That’s Leino (and Hudler..and Filppula) to a T. But with the current NHL you have to be able to play the body. And if you can’t play the body while having puck control unless you’re an insane genius like Larinov or Datsyuk, it’s not going to work. And when they want $5 million when we know one of the primary reasons they look so good is due to the Wings’ system… yeah, no. I wanted Flip to succeed so badly this year…. This kills me.

  8. tmoore4075 - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    He’s got a lot of potential just doesn’t bring it all the time. 2011-12 was a great year for him. He would be worth a raise after that year but then he was down again this year. He’s a little too soft at time and doesn’t shoot nearly enough. A great two-way player but he’s not worth the reported $5mil he wants. He’s not worth much more than the $3mil he’s getting. I’d rather move Nyquist up to that line and give Tatar a shot on the 3rd line.

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