Monday, July 02, 2018

Isles Sign Filppula

The Islanders were another team that made a second pool worthy signing on Sunday, adding veteran forward Valtteri Filppula to their roster, giving him a 1-year, $2.75 million deal.

Filppula was a serviceable forward for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2018 season, picking up 11 goals and 33 points in 81 games for the club, ranking him 194th among all forwards in scoring.  He would make for a pretty good late round pick in the hockey pool draft, if you could size him up.

There should be ample opportunity for Filppula on the island next season, as the team's depth is now definitely in question, without the likes of John Tavares on their roster.  Filppula will be looked upon to help aid the team in scoring and he should get plenty of ice-time to do so, which could lift his stock just a little bit more.

Forwards Cap Defense Cap Goalies Cap
Jordan Eberle 6.000 Johnny Boychuk 6.000 Thomas Greiss 3.333
Andrew Ladd 5.500 Nick Leddy 5.500 Christopher Gibson 0.675
Josh Bailey 5.000 Thomas Hickey 2.500
Anders Lee 3.750 Adam Pelech 1.600
Cal Clutterbuck 3.500 Scott Mayfield 1.450
Casey Cizikas 3.350 Sebastian Aho (D) 0.770
Leo Komarov 3.000 Seth Helgeson 0.675
Valtteri Filppula 2.750
Anthony Beauvillier 0.894
Joshua Ho-Sang 0.863
Michael Dal Colle 0.863
Mathew Barzal 0.863
Steve Bernier 0.650
Tanner Fritz 0.650

The Islanders are among the league's lowest spending teams through Sunday's early signings.  They have over $19 million left in cap space, after the signings of Filppula, Hickey and Komarov.  The Islanders would do well to try and find some more help in net and the blueline with all of this extra cap space, but it could be a hard sell, given the tatters this team has been left in.

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