Let me get this straight - the Red Wings had to claw their way into the Playoffs to preserve a 22-year postseason streak, they did just barely make it in, then proceeded to a better-than-expected run taking down the #2 seed, and were within 1 OT goal of taking out the #1 seed and making the WCF....and you wish that we had been sellers at the deadline? Why, because we didn't win the Cup?
Man, I love this fanbase, but at the same time, it would be nice if it could fully appreciate that it actually does mean something to be a perennial contender and do something in the Playoffs.
I like Filppula as a player, whereas I didn't really like Hudler's game, but I think as with any player, it's just a question of price. If it gets to $5 mil/per for significant length, forget it. Part of the reason I feel that way is that I really believe this organization can train, and possibly already has trained, players who could do a similar role, that won't need to be paid like that for several years (Nyquist, Andersson, etc.)
You're forgetting being a seller could of made us better. If we traded fil who would have taken his spot? Tatar? A guy who could score more. I think that's would of helped us now and in the future.
But with that said I'm a fil fan. I want him back but not for more than 4m maybe 4.5m.