1. Valtteri Filppula, DETROIT
The Red Wings winger could never find a consistent spot in the Wings lineup during a tumultuous lockout shortened season. His numbers in his contract year were a disappointing 9 goals and 8 assists in 41 games. Still, he is one year removed from a 66 point season and is a legitimate top 6 forward that would be insurance against Milan Michalek‘s knee.
He couldn’t reach a contract agreement with the Red Wings, who didn’t have room for him under their cap next season. Filppula is just 29 years old and has plenty of years remaining. He also has a history with Senators coach Paul MacLean from his Detroit days.
CURRENT SALARY: $3.5M / CAP HIT: $3.0M
ANTICIPATED DEMANDS: $5M or more per year on a long term contract