The Detroit Red Wings announced on Monday the signing of center Valtteri Flippula to a two-year deal.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 1, 2019
Financial terms were not immediately available, because of course they weren’t. According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, who still has us blocked on Twitter, the deal is worth $3 million annually.
I don’t like this move. At this point in his career, Filppula is a bottom-six center and the Wings have enough of those. Maybe they’ll shift him (or someone else) to wing and play him on the third line.
I could have been okay with it if it were a one-year deal, giving Evgeny Svechnikov time in Grand Rapids to recover from his lost season and Joe Veleno a year to adjust to the professional game. Now Filppula will be taking up a roster spot past that timeline.