Valtteri Filppula had one of his best seasons in the NHL while a member of the Lightning, one of four NHL franchises for which the Finnish center has played.
But the new Islander prefers the different experiences each organization brings.
“Yeah, I do,” Filppula said Thursday as the Islanders faced the Lightning at Amalie Arena. “You get to meet a lot of different people, which is awesome. I don’t mind at all.”
Filppula, 34, signed a one-year, $2.75-million deal with the Islanders after spending the last two seasons with the Flyers. He was with the Red Wings for seven seasons before playing for the Lightning from 2013-17.
He had a career-high 25 goals along with 33 assists in 2013-14 and then helped the Lightning reach the 2015 Stanley Cup final, where they lost to the Blackhawks.
“All the organizations I’ve been with have been really good and it’s the same thing with the Islanders,” Filppula said. “The home-game situation is a little different and the travel to home games [at Barclays Center] is not what I normally had to do. But that’s another experience as well.”