Lightning sign free-agent Filppula to 5-year deal

Updated: July 5, 2013, 9:14 PM ET
Associated Press

Valtteri Filppula is getting an opportunity to once again team up with Steve Yzerman.

Filppula signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on the first day of NHL free agency on Friday.

He leaves behind the Detroit Red Wings for Tampa Bay, where Yzerman, his former teammate, is the general manager.

"We feel he is an outstanding, all-around centerman, who brings a winning pedigree to our organization," Yzerman said. "He fills a much-needed position for ...

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