We’re going to take a guess that Philadelphia was on Valtteri Filppula’s list of approved teams to be moved to.
In light of internet chatter that he quashed a proposal to be part of a bigger trade to Toronto with Brian Boyle, we would be right (tongue in cheek, folks).
Near the end of trading (to conclude at 3 p.m.), the Lightning sent the veteran centerman to Philadelphia, along with a 2017 fourth round pick and conditional seventh-round pick, for offensive defenceman Mark Streit.
Filppula, who has a cap hit of $5 million and is a UFA in 2018, was having a bounce back year, recording 34 points and a +1 in 59 games a year after compiling jut 31 points in 76 games.
The 39-year-old Streit, who is making $5.25 million on the last year of a four-year, $21 million pact, had five goals and 16 assists in 49 games with the Flyers. He should slot in nicely to the Bolts powerplay, as nearly have his career total regular season points (428) have come with the man advantage (202).