DETROIT – Valtteri Filppula felt he should be paid like a top paid center in the league.
Tampa Bay gave him the money.
The former Wings center signed a five-year deal with the Lightning for $5 million a season.
That was close to the numbers he was asking out of Detroit.
Former Florida Panther Stephen Weiss will be spending the next five seasons in Detroit after agreeing to reportedly a five-year deal worth $4.9 million a season.
Filppula went off the Wings’ radar once they signed Stephen Weiss for five years at $4.9 million a season.
The Wings never closed the door on having Valtteri Filppula return, but with the signing of Weiss that meant his days in Detroit were over.
“I haven’t thought about (leaving Detroit), but obviously it’s a possibly that could happen,” Filppula said during the Wings’ end-of-season locker cleanout. “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.”
The Wings did make offers to Filppula in August and September before talks broke down.
Filppula made $3 million last season.
With the Wings jumping to the Eastern Conference to compete in a yet-to-be-named division they will see Filppula four or five times next season with at least two of the meetings taking place in Detroit.