Brought in on a one-year deal, the New York Islanders had an impressive season from veteran Valtteri Filppula in 2018-2019.
On July 1 2018, Lou Lamoriello had his work cut out for him. The New York Islanders lost their best player and Lou had to scramble to pick up the pieces. One of those pieces was veteran Valtteri Filppula.
Filppula, although four years removed from his impressive 58 point season with Tampa Bay, was still a solid veteran option for the third line. He received a one-year deal with a $2.75 million cap number.
The only weird part was the deal had a no move clause, which was a little scary but the Islanders didn’t have to worry about it in the end.
Out of the gate, Valtteri Filppula thrived as the third line center. In the first six games of the year, Filppula had six points and four goals. The Filppula and Komarov connection on that line was working wonders.
While eventually both Filppula and Komarov slowed down, Filppula remained a little bit more productive of the two in an all-around game while Komarov just kind of went into a penalty killer’s shell who took really bad penalties.
Filppula would add two more two-goal games on the year as he finished with a somewhat surprising 17 goal and 31 point season. The overall point total might be slightly on the lower side but when you consider he missed 10 games, that production is still fairly solid.
Remember, when Filppula initially got hurt there was a four-week time table for his return. He ended up missing less than three weeks which is a testament to how tough of a guy he is.
Considering the contract, and overall how he played this year you would have to give Val Filppula a fairly good grade. He wasn’t as impressive as a Casey Cizikas, Thomas Greiss, or Robin Lehner but he was right there in terms of impressiveness.
Filppula deserves a solid B+ for his season this year. He was a reliable piece and you can maybe make the case for him to get another one-year deal, which for Lou Lamoriello, is a major win of a signing.