Filppula would have been included as part of the deal that sent centre Brian Boyle to the Leafs for forward Byron Froese and a 2017 second-round pick on Monday.
The 32-year-old Filppula, a 12-year NHL veteran, is signed through 2017-18 at $5 million per season. He’s got a no-trade clause and has a list of 16 clubs he’s willing to be dealt to.
Filppula has seven goals and 34 points in 59 games this season. His best year came in 2011-12 when he had 66 points for the Detroit Red Wings.
As Luke Fox notes in his live blog, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman needs to re-sign younger forwards Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin this off-season, so the team’s willingness to trade Filppula is understandable.