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Filppula Agrees to Terms on One-Year Contract

by New York Islanders PR NYIslanders / New York Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that Valtteri Filppula has agreed to terms on a one-year contract.  

Filppula, 34, scored 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) in 81 games with the Philadelphia Flyers last season. The Vantaa, Finland native added three points in six games during the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In 876 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Tampa Bay Lightning and Philadelphia, Filppula has scored 463 points (168 goals, 295 assists). He totaled 82 points (25 goals, 57 assists) in 158 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, has played in three Stanley Cup Finals and won the Stanley Cup with Detroit in 2008. 

Detroit drafted Filppula in the third round (95th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft. He scored a career-high 66 points in 2011-12 with Detroit and posted a career-high 25 goals in 2013-14 with Tampa Bay. 

On the international stage, Filppula won a bronze medal with Team Finland at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. He's also represented his country at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and two World Championships (2012, 2017). He won bronze with Finland at the 2003 and 2004 World Junior Championships and also played with Finland at the 2002 World Under-18 Junior Championships.  

Filppula played his first season in North America with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League in 2005-06. He'd played previously for Jokerit of Finland's Liiga.

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