In losing their superstar captain, John Tavares, the New York Islanders have added former Philadelphia Flyer and Stanley Cup Champion Valtteri Filppula.
After signing Leo Komarov earlier today, the New York Islanders have added another veteran to their roster in 34-year-old Valtteri Filppula.
According to Arthur Staple of The Athletic, the deal is a one-year deal that will pay Filpulla $2.75 million.
With the signing, the Islanders bring on a player with 876 regular-season games on his résumé as well as a Stanley Cup championship with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008.
In those 876 regular-season games, Filppula has scored 168 goals and 463 points including 11 goals and 33 points in 81 games with the Philadelphia Flyers this past season.
In 158 playoff games, the Finnish center has 25 goals and 82 points.
Filppula spent parts of eight seasons with the Red Wings, four with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and three with the Flyers (traded to the Flyers at the 2017 Trade Deadline).
The news was first leaked when Filpulla’s name was on the Isles’ official roster on their site and was later confirmed by Arthur Staple of The Athletic.
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Players lost: F John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs), G Jaroslav Halak (Boston Bruins), F Chris Wagner (Boston Bruins), F Alan Quine (Calgary Flames), F Nikolay Kulemin(KHL), G Kristers Gudlveskis (KHL)
Player re-signed: D Thomas Hickey
Players signed: F Leo Komarov (Toronto Maple Leafs), F Valtteri Filppula (Philadelphia Flyers)
Unrestricted free agents still unsigned: D Calvin de Haan, D Dennis Seidenberg, F Stephen Gionta, F Connor Jones, D Kane Lafranchise, D Brandon Davidson, F Shane Prince, F Kyle Schemp
Restricted free agents still unsigned: F Brock Nelson, D Ryan Pulock, F Ross Johnston, D Devon Toews, D Kyle Burroughs