I don't think so Tim.
Mark Spizzirri, someone who apparently doesn't give two sh!ts about honor or respectability, shown by his willingness to be the Wings blogger under the HockeyBuzz banner, blogged a few days ago that the Wings should trade Filppula. He begins:
As for the younger Filppula within the Red Wings organization, I have been harping on Ken Holland to inquire other teams around the league as to whether they have interest in his services.
First off, we both know you haven't been actually speaking to Ken. Holland doesn't speak with lowlifes like you. He's got important people to meet with like Nick Lidstrom, Gordie Howe, Barack Obama, Winston Churchill and Ansar Khan(!). To even insinuate that he would take the time to speak to you is an insult to both Ken Holland and your average meth junkie's intelligence. But otherwise, you know, good start.
At the age of 26, vast playoff experience and a reasonable contract of $3 million per season for another 3 years, you have to believe there would be substantial interest on the part of multiple teams.
Given the Red Wings depth down the middle with Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader along with prospects in the system such as Cory Emmerton and Gustav Nyquist there is an opportunity for Detroit to trade Filppula to attempt to acquire a legitimate Top 6 winger to aid Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Franzen who do the bulk of the scoring.
Ok, so Val has a reasonable contract, and we should get rid of him? Maybe Ken should be listening to you with such wisdom. And I don't know if anyone's been paying attention (OK that should read, apparently YOU haven't been paying attention Mark) but I would consider Fil a top six forward. In today's NHL, there is no question he is. His consistency isn't always there, but his skill is. Plus, he's always strong defensively.
Finally, #51's a passer. Who do you think passes a lot of those goals to Franzen, Homer, etc? The ability to play on a 3rd line is a good thing as well when the situation calls for it.
Although during the post-season Filppula played as a winger, he is a natural playmaking centreman. Over the course of the past couple of seasons, Coach Babcock has been constantly on him to shoot the puck more frequently.
Ok, I agree on this. I can't tell you how many times I've yelled for him to shoot. Seriously, shoot more Val. Whatever you are doing right now. Stop. Grab a stick. Find something that looks like a puck. Shoot. Now.
Last summer, I suggested the Wings attempt to move Filppula in order to create cap space to keep Marian Hossa in Motown. The belief being Detroit needed a Top 6 winger more than they required a third line centre, which is what Filppula was for large parts of the regular season playing behind Datsyuk and Zetterberg. Although Jiri Hudler is returning to Detroit, the fact of the matter is Tomas Holmstrom is no longer a Top 6 forward on a regular basis and Daniel Cleary would be best suited on the Wings 3rd line, despite making $2.8 million per season.
Lets see...points per game this past two postseasons (you know, when it matters).
Hossa: 22 gp.-15 pts. - .68 PPG.
Filppula: 12 gp. - 9 pts. - .75 PPG.
Hossa - 23 gp. -15 pts. - .65 PPG.
Filppula - 23 gp. 16 pts. - .70 PPG.
All playing on a lower line without the calls coming our way like the Hawks had for much of the playoffs. Winner - Filppula, all without the backstabbing ways of Marion.
Holmstrom not a top six forward? His 25 regular season goals seem to disagree with you sir.
Still, maybe he is on to something. Maybe we could get someone great out there. Let's see who he suggests...
Part of the problem though is at first glance there aren't many solid wingers out there that might be a fit in Detroit based on availability, salary and talent.
Not a good start...
Starting at the bottom, didn't you say you wanted a top six forward? How is Kulemin in any way an upgrade? He had the same amount of points in, oh, twenty more games than Val. Plus he played for the Maple Leafs, so he clearly has gonorrhea.
Wolski, this interesting except one thing...the obvious. He was lights out in the two weeks he was in Phoenix, but nothing more a .5 point per game player other then that. He's going to be paid almost exactly the same as Val, with less of a defensive game. Again, not an upgrade.
And finally, Frolov. He's talented. Unlike Val, however, his talent seems to be going the other way. He's had successively less points in his past four seasons. Last season, Val had a better points per game average than him, even with the Wings struggling for most of the season. He's said to have had an attitude problem. And finally, it sounds like he wants to be overpaid, badly. The kind of guy we want on our team? No way. An upgrade over Val? Debatable at best.
One final note about the "Pretty One;" he's been getting better year after year. Here's his stats with the Wings.
Shows year after year improvement, just like Ken ordered. And remember, 3 million might seem a lot for the Wings, but the Wings are generally on a different salary structure than the rest of the league. He would likely be making more on any other team.
In all, as an associate of the guy who makes sh!t up to get idiots to pay him (no, not Puck Stops Here, he isn't smart enough to scam people out of their money), Mark Spizzirri doesn't start out with alot of credibility. Add in the fact that he's a hack writer, admittedly not even a Wings fan himself (!?!) and now this article, and you've got yourself just as big of a joke as his idol himself, Eklund.
Val's staying here and that's the right decision.