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Red Wings re-sign C Filppula to $15M, 5-year deal

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DETROIT (AP) -Valtteri Filppula will be back with the Detroit Red Wings next season, and the defending champions want the 24-year-old center around for a while.

The restricted free agent signed a $15 million, five-year contract with the Red Wings on Wednesday that keeps him under contract through the 2012-13 season and avoids a salary arbitration hearing.

Filppula had career highs with 19 goals and 36 points last season. Then, he played in all 22 playoff games and scored in the Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Pittsburgh Penguins last month.

Detroit took the Finland native in the third round of the 2002 draft, and he has 29 goals and 54 points over two-plus seasons in the NHL.

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