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V Years for Val

The Wings lock up another one: Valtteri Filppula signs a five-year, $15 million deal.

What I find most interesting amongst the coverage is small hint of a dice-roll on this. The CP article (via TSN) has this as their lede:

The Detroit Red Wings made a subtle move Wednesday that could prove to be a spectacular one if Valtteri Filppula lives up to his potential.

Maybe it's me, but I think the '08 playoff run validated that he's a solid member of this team. He's shown he can do what the Wings hoped for when they drafted him back in 2002.