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07:26 AM ET 08.22 | With its high-powered offense, the trouble with Tampa Bay wasn't on the scoresheet. Part of the problem was the Lightning allowed opponents to score first in 35 of 48 games. The Lightning were terrific in blowouts (10-3 in games decided by three or more goals), but poor in one-goal games (5-16). ... [Steve Yzerman] signed center Valtteri Filppula, right wing Geoff Walker and 2013 first-round draft pick Jonathan Drouin on July 5 to bolster the lineup. Filppula, who can play center or wing, was not signed to fill the void left by Lecavalier, according to Yzerman. "Val is a totally different type of player than Vinny," said Yzerman, who knew Filppula from their time together with the Detroit Red Wings. "He's a good, solid, all-around complete player who checks and wins face-offs."

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August 22, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Filppula was not signed to fill the void left by Lecavalier.

So what void is he there to Filppula?

August 22, 2013  09:30 AM ET

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They needed a warm body.

August 22, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Mods you awake? **** me

August 22, 2013  10:12 AM ET

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August 22, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Never mind Geoff Walker, I think Stevie Y's been hitting the Johnnie Walker.

August 22, 2013  11:21 AM ET

Dan Cleary, a telephone call from a Mr, eh... uh, Stevie.

 
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