Detroit Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula has been mentioned as a possible trade candidate, but would dealing him be a wise move?
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James conducted an analysis of Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula, noting his age and versatile talent makes him a prime trade asset, but they have to consider 34-year-old Pavel Datsyuk has two seasons remaining on his contract and it is unknown if he’ll re-sign or return to Russia. She believes Filppula, who is eligible for UFA status next summer, would make an excellent second-line center behind Datysuk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula is often mentioned this summer as potential trade bait for either Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester or Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, but I believe moving him for a defenseman would create another problem, as dealing him would weaken their offensive depth. It remains to be seen what the Wings do, but I’m guessing they don’t want to move Filppula.