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Lightning sign Flippula to five-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent center Valtteri Filppula to a five-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth $25 million, according to ESPN.com.

Filppula, 29, had played his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings before signing with Tampa Bay. Filppula, 29, had 23 goals and 66 points in 2011- 2012, but slipped to nine goals and 17 points in 41 games this past season.

He had two goals and six points in 14 postseason games this year.

"We are pleased to sign Valtteri to a five-year contract today," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We feel he is an outstanding, all-around centerman who brings a winning pedigree to our organization. He fills a much-needed position for us at center and his skill, work ethic and character will make him a great addition to our team. On behalf of the Lightning we'd like to welcome him to the organization."
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