DETROIT – Valtteri Filppula doesn’t know if he’ll be back.
Filppula is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 if he doesn’t reach a new deal with the Wings.
When asked if he thought he’d be back with the team Filppula said, “I don’t know. It’s too early to say right now. I just have to wait a little longer till summer and see what happens.”
Friday could have been his last time in the locker room.
“I haven’t thought about that too much, but obviously it’s a possibly that could happen,” Filppula said. “It’d be tough. It’s been a really great place to be. I’ve been so happy here. We’ll see if we go … if that’s what’s going to happen.”
Wings GM Ken Holland said the Wings made Filppula an offer in August and September before talks broke down.
“I think during the season when you’re doing that, to be honest I wasn’t paying too much attention to it, I was just trying to focus on playing,” Filppula said. “Obviously when you negotiate you hope you get something done but that’s not always going to happen. That’s how it is.”
Filppula made $3 million last season and is believed to be asking for about a $2 million raise a year.
“I gotta go through the next month,” Holland said when asked specifically about Filppula. “He’s unrestricted and I gotta sit with the coaches, sit with the scouts.”
Filppula suffered a high-ankle sprain on just his second shift of Game 7. He’ll be in a cast for 2-3 weeks and will need 6-8 weeks to heal.
Chicago’s Andrew Shaw appeared to slew-foot Filppula after a crosscheck to bring him to the ice awkwardly. The Blackhawks forward wasn’t penalized on the play.
Filppula did not think Shaw slew-footed him.