Valtteri Filppula is no longer a Red Wing.

Filppula signed a five-year contract Friday with the Tampa Bay Lightning — whose general manager Steve Yzerman knows Filppula pretty well, obviously from his days with the Red Wings — worth an estimated $25 million according to TSN (a $5 million per season cap hit).

With the Red Wings’ signing of center Stephen Weiss earlier in the day, Filppula's departure seemed a foregone conclusion — as it has been the last few weeks.