Stephen Weiss was banged up last year and only skated in 17 games. What’s even worse is he only put up 4 points in those 17 games. Weiss was believed to be looking for $6 million, but the Detroit Red Wings were able to sign him for five years and $24.55 million. Weiss will have a cap hit of $4.9 million.
Weiss should fit in nicely, centering the second line for the Wings. The Wings got a bargain here. Valtteri Filppula was looking for $5 million a year, and got it in Tampa Bay. Weiss has four 20 goal seasons, and three in a row prior to this last year. Filppula has one. The Wings paid less for Weiss, and they’re hoping to get more than they got from Filppula. Weiss has been consistent in putting up points in a Panthers uniform, and that stands for something.
Valtteri Filppula signed a five year deal worth $25 million with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Filppula’s cap hit will be $5 million. Ken Holland and the Red Wings may not have thought he was worth $5 million, but former Detroit captain Steve Yzerman did. Filppula will come in and fill in for the absent Vincent Lecavalier. Filppula isn’t the offensive threat that Lecavalier was in Tampa, but he does have tremendous defensive skill. He should be a nice addition to the Lightning, he just needs to put up some points in the offensive end to make that $5 million expectation.
Both the Lightning and the Red Wings made good signings today. The Lightning spent a bit more than the Wings, but Filppula can play, and maybe Tampa will be the place that he can put up points like we knew he could have in Detroit. Weiss will fill in nicely in Detroit and take Filppula’s spot on the second line. Weiss brings a bit more physicality, and a bit more offensive consistency.