Ron Hextall: Flyers to move on from Valtteri Filppula

Updated: July 1, 2018 at 2:58 pm by Brady Trettenero

Valtteri Filppula’s time in Philadelphia has come to an end.

According to GM Ron Hextall, the Flyers have confirmed they’re “gonna move on” from the veteran forward.

Filppula was acquired by the Flyers, along with fourth- and seventh-round picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for Mark Streit on March 1st, 2017.

At the time, it appeared to be a appealing move from the perspective of the GM.

Hextall said Filppula was a player he coveted for a number of seasons, and was willing to take on his $5 million salary-cap number for 2017-18 and a no-movement clause that meant he must be protected in the expansion draft.

“This gives us a guy that makes plays,” Hextall said, back in 2017. “I look at this as an upgrade in our playmaking.”

Unfortunately, Filppula just didn’t work out in Philadelphia.

The 34-year-old forward managed just 11 goals in 81 games with the Flyers in 2017-18 and struggled to find consistency.

We’ll always have this, though.

Best of luck moving forward, Val.

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