The Flyers have acquired Valtteri Filppula, a 2017 4th round pick and a conditional 7th round pick in 2017 from the Lightning for Mark Streit.
At this point in his career, Filppula is more like No.3 centre, who is paid like a No.1 or No.2 centre and the Lightning needed to move him. They took on another big cap-hit in Streit to even things out for this season, but Streit’s deal is up at the end of the season. Filppula could land a No.2 centre role in Philly, bumping Brayden Schenn back to the wing—he comes in with 34 points (7G / 27A) in 59 games this season.
Filppula (upper-body) will return to the lineup on Monday.
Filppula has missed the last six games with an upper-body injury, but will return to the lineup tonight vs. the Maple Leafs. He will return in a great spot as he centres the top line with Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn on his wings. Filppula has 28 points (7G / 21A) in 69 games this season.
Filppula will miss his fourth consecutive game with an upper-body injury he suffered nine days ago. He is day-to-day, but took part in the morning skate which suggest that he should be good-to-go for Friday’s game vs. the Islanders.
Filppula (upper-body) will not play on Tuesday; could miss the rest of the Lightning’s road-trip.
Filppula suffered an upper-body injury in the Lightning’s win in Columbus on Sunday. He played just 5:03 before retiring to the dressing room and now it looks like it will cost him a least a few games. With Filppula out, Brian Boyle will centre the third line.
Despite being listed as a game-time decision, Filppula said that he will be in the lineup vs. the Blues. Filppula has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, but will be back on their second line tonight.
Filppula skated on the second line with Teddy Purcell and Alex Kilorn which suggests he will be in the lineup tonight. He will take warmups and test his ankle and then the Lightning will make a decision whether or not he plays.
Filppula (ankle) is on the ice for the Lightning's morning skate in his regular second line centre spot.
Filppula's presence at the morning skate with a regular jersey and in his regular spot suggests that he will return to the lineup tonight in St. Louis. Filppula has skated before and not played, so we will wait for confirmation following the morning skate.
Barring any setbacks, Filppula (ankle) is expected to return on Thursday.
Despite not being able to go to Sochi, the two-week break allowed Filppula's broken ankle to heal to the point where he should only miss one game. He missed the first game before the break, but should be back in the lineup on Thursday.
Filppula will the Olympics with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand.
Filppula was set to play for Team Finland in Sochi, but the fractured hand will have him sidelined for three weeks. He played just 14:48 before retiring to the dressing room for the remainder of Thursday's loss to the Maple Leafs.