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Veteran center Valtteri Filppula was Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall’s lone acquisition at the trade deadline from the Tampa Bay Lightning for defenseman Mark Streit.
While Filppula is probably not worth the $5 million salary cap hit anymore, he proved that he still can be a valuable player, especially on a team desperate for secondary scoring like the Flyers. All of Filppula’s eight points with the Flyers game at 5 v 5. He scored five of his 12 total goals last season in just 20 games in Philadelphia, which was aided by an incredible 21.7 shooting percentage.
Even though Filppula played on the second line for much of his time in Philadelphia, he might be more suited for third line minutes. With the additions of Jori Lehera and Nolan Patrick during the offseason, it will be interesting to see where Filppula slots in Dave Hakstol’s lineup this season. He might have to spend more time on the wing than in the middle, despite winning nearly 53% of his faceoffs with the Flyers last season.
He proved that he is still capable of playing solid defense while contributing to the penalty kill. Filppula has always had a pass first mentality so that might serve him well on a line with some of the younger players like Patrick or Travis Konecny.
While he is far from the 25 goal season of 2013-14, if put in the right situations, Filppula can still contribute 12-18 goals for the Flyers this season.
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