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from here at letsgowings.com:

July 29, 2005

Wings sign Euro prospects Franzen, Filppula

The Detroit Red Wings may have signed their fourth line center this week after inking Swedish center Johan Franzen to a three-year contract. Fellow European Valtteri Filppula also reached a three-year agreement with the club.

Both deals are likely two-way, with Franzen having a solid shot at anchoring what Wings GM Ken Holland calls the "cheap, young 4th line" he is envisioning for Detroit this fall.

The 25-year old Frazen, Detroit's first selection (97th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, brings good size (6'2", 205lbs.) and experience to the club and projects as a defensive forward with limited offensive ability.

Filppula had a strong season for the Finnish Elite League club Jokerit, finishing fourth in team scoring with 10 goals and 30 points in 55 games. He was the Red Wings' third choice (95th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and is slated to start the season in Grand Rapids.

Posted by Matt Schwartz at 09:55 AM

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Isn't official yet?

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from here at letsgowings.com:

July 29, 2005

Wings sign Euro prospects Franzen, Filppula

The Detroit Red Wings may have signed their fourth line center this week after inking Swedish center Johan Franzen to a three-year contract. Fellow European Valtteri Filppula also reached a three-year agreement with the club.

Both deals are likely two-way, with Franzen having a solid shot at anchoring what Wings GM Ken Holland calls the "cheap, young 4th line" he is envisioning for Detroit this fall.

The 25-year old Frazen, Detroit's first selection (97th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, brings good size (6'2", 205lbs.) and experience to the club and projects as a defensive forward with limited offensive ability.

Filppula had a strong season for the Finnish Elite League club Jokerit, finishing fourth in team scoring with 10 goals and 30 points in 55 games. He was the Red Wings' third choice (95th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and is slated to start the season in Grand Rapids.

Posted by Matt Schwartz at 09:55 AM

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Isn't official yet?

I like these signings. Filippula could be a Zetterberg type in the making. I'm worried about his strength though.

EDIT: Looks like none of them are signed and the new transfer agreement makes drafting Euros more expensive.

http://www.allsports.com/nhl/redwings/stor..._IIHFRules.html

Edited by Barnes52

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Signing a prospect and leaving him in Europe is a possible option.

Barnes52, this doesn't change the fact that Filppula might not be coming over right now, but this is a terrific way to get around the 2-year thing that you got us all worried about wink.gif

Again, the Wings can definitely afford a 2-way contract like that.

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Barnes52, this doesn't change the fact that Filppula might not be coming over right now, but this is a terrific way to get around the 2-year thing that you got us all worried about wink.gif

Again, the Wings can definitely afford a 2-way contract like that.

I was thinking the same thing. The two-year limit doesn't say that a player has to be NHL or even AHL-ready. He just has to be signed. If after two years you still think a guy can be an NHLer, sign him to a small contract, and send him back to Sweden or the AHL if he's ready.

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Barnes52, this doesn't change the fact that Filppula might not be coming over  right now, but this is a terrific way to get around the 2-year thing that you got us all worried about wink.gif

Again, the Wings can definitely afford a 2-way contract like that.

I was thinking the same thing. The two-year limit doesn't say that a player has to be NHL or even AHL-ready. He just has to be signed. If after two years you still think a guy can be an NHLer, sign him to a small contract, and send him back to Sweden or the AHL if he's ready.

You and Vadim are both right about that...it doesn't mean they have to be in the AHL or NHL to be signed, but how many prospects can you sign? It's inevitable you'll lose some, more than they did in the past

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Barnes52, this doesn't change the fact that Filppula might not be coming over  right now, but this is a terrific way to get around the 2-year thing that you got us all worried about wink.gif

Again, the Wings can definitely afford a 2-way contract like that.

I was thinking the same thing. The two-year limit doesn't say that a player has to be NHL or even AHL-ready. He just has to be signed. If after two years you still think a guy can be an NHLer, sign him to a small contract, and send him back to Sweden or the AHL if he's ready.

You and Vadim are both right about that...it doesn't mean they have to be in the AHL or NHL to be signed, but how many prospects can you sign? It's inevitable you'll lose some, more than they did in the past

There's no limit to the number of draft picks a team can sign. If there were, then teams would probably be trading away a lot of their picks.

But Detroit probably won't sign all their picks from this year. And neither will other teams. Other teams can sign Detroit's picks, but Detroit will be able to do the same.

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There has been some rumours today here in Finland that Filppula is scratched from Jokerit roster tonight because he has signed with the Red Wings. Jokerit is playing in practice tournament at St. Michel, Finland against other Finnish SM-liiga teams.

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There has been some rumours today here in Finland that Filppula is scratched from Jokerit roster tonight because he has signed with the Red Wings. Jokerit is playing in practice tournament at St. Michel, Finland against other Finnish SM-liiga teams.

Someone posted on HFboards.com that Filppula has 2 goals and 2 assists in 2 preseason games..pretty good start.

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Yes, he is in awesome condition. He has taken very big steps during the last year.

The latest info what I have got from my friends is that the contract is ready, only his name is missing from it. This is heard from his head coach.

I think it is just Valtteri's decision now. To leave Jokerit and go to North America, or stay.

Maybe staying would be best for his development, he could earn 1st line center spot at Jokerit. Big role and much icetime. Last year he was 2nd line center behind awesome Glen Metropolit.

But only god and maybe Valtteri will know, what will happen. wink.gif

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It's official now. Filppula has agreed a three-year and two-way contract with the Wings.

http://www.iltasanomat.fi/urheilu/urheiluu...t.htm#id1038810

The owner of Jokerit is quite pissed:

In Finnish:

- Agentti sanoo meille, että se pelaa vielä vuoden Suomessa. Pelaaja itsekin sanoo niin. Sitten se menee, ja tekee sopimuksen NHL:ään!

Translation:

"The agent tells us that Valtteri stays here (in Jokerit) for a one more season. Valtteri says the same. Then he does a NHL-contract. We don't have secure plan for this."

Edited by Henkka

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