Because Ericsson just came off of a successful season as a top-pairing defenseman, whereas Filppula just had his worst season since he was a rookie.
Nonsense. He was signed by Tampa Bay to a five-year contract!
Ericsson did have a good season, but he still shouldn't be a top pairing defenseman and Filppula shouldn't be a top line center.
It's just the way it ends up sometimes when a team doesn't have the proper personnel to play those roles.
What is the weather like in Tampa? What should I pack?
Plenty of hair gel and tanning lotion.
Also, get ready to pass a lot of pucks to Stamkos for one-timers. Should be more fun than passing it to Cleary and watching him fall down.