Looking at numbers: 23 goals, 43 assists, 66 points, plus-18 in 81 games in 2011-12.

Looking at money: Salary for next season is $3.5 million, last year of five-year, $15-million deal.

Looking back: Filppula finally delivered on expectations for a breakthrough season and blew past his previous career high of 40 points, thriving as he got moved from his natural center spot to playing wing. He was less dominant in the playoffs with two assists in five games.