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February 27, 2017 | 7:48pm ET
Filppula remains in play for Bolts

Having already moved goalie Ben Bishop and center Brian Boyle in less than 24 hours, the Tampa Bay Lightning is not done making moves, it would appear.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is focused on trying to create as much salary cap space as he can for next season in order to re-sign forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin, all of whom can become restricted free agents July 1.

TFP reported on Feb. 10 the Lightning has been shopping center Valtteri Filppula, who has one-year left on his contract after this season.

Trade talks involving Filppula are believed to have increased, TFP has learned, as the trade deadline quickly approaches.

Filppula, 32, makes $5 million per season and also owns a limited no-movement clause, where he can list at least 16 teams he would accept a trade to.

The Lightning and Nashville Predators have reportedly been engaged in trade talks for the last little while and have discusse Filppula and Johnson.

Numerous media outlets have reported the Bolts are willing to move Johnson, for the right return, as it would assist in creating the necessary cap space for the 2017-18 campaign. However, trading Filppula appears to be Yzerman's preference.

In 58 games with the Bolts so far this season, Filppula has registered seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points.


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