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September 19, 2012 | 9:39am ET
Filppula heading to Finland
TheFourthPeriod.com

Detroit Red Wings center Valtteri Filppula has jumped on board with Jokerit of the SM-Liiga, Finland's top-rated pro hockey league.

Filpulla, 28, is scheduled to arrive in Finland tomorrow, but might not suit up for Jokerit until this weekend or early next week.

NHL players signing overseas during the lockout must go through the process of getting their International Transfer Card approved, and that process can take up to seven days.

Filpulla becomes the third NHLer to sign in Finland, joining fellow-countryman Jussi Jokinen of the Carolina Hurricanes, who signed with Karpat, and San Jose Sharks defenseman Jason Demers, who also signed with Karpat.

In 81 games with the Red Wings last season, Filpulla enjoyed a career-year, registering 23 goals and 43 assists for 66 points, along with a plus-18 rating.

Meanwhile, Filpulla's teammate, Pavel Datysuk, is expected to sign with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL.

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