Valtteri Filppula has agreed to a five-year/$15 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.
By locking up Filppula now, the Red Wings managed to avoid an arbitration hearing in August. Filppula scored 17 goals and 36 points in 78 games with the Red Wings last season. He should build on those numbers next season, but not substantially. He won't break into Detroit's top power-play unit.
Good deal for the Red Wings. Nice to lock him up for 5 years. Good guy to build the team around also.