Red Wings Filppula Heading to Free Agency
It appears that Valtteri Filppula will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5. The Red Wings already have 14 forwards under contract and still want to sign Damien Brunner to a contract so Filppula is likely headed towards free agency. The Red Wings do not want to pay him $5 million annually but there is likely some NHL team that is looking for a top-two center. Filppula was outstanding offensively in 2011-12 with 23 goals and 66 points but struggled in 2013 with only nine goals and 17 points in 41 games. There are not a lot of centers available in free agency so Filppula could find himself with some suitors during free agent frenzy.