Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman used words to describe newly signed Valtteri Filppula that also could be used on former captain Vincent Lecavalier.

"High-character guy, he's a Stanley Cup winner."

But Yzerman on Saturday was quick to say Filppula was not given a five-year contract to leave the Detroit Red Wings and simply replace Lecavalier, who was let go via compliance buyout last week after 14 seasons with the Lightning that included the 2004 Stanley Cup.

"He's completely different than Vinny, [a] totally different type of player," Yzerman said. "Vinny was a No. 1 pick overall in the draft.

"We've changed our team; we've acquired a good player who's going to be a real positive contributor to our team, who's a real good guy. We understand everybody's going to say, 'Oh, he's here to replace Vinny.' He's here to make us a better team and he will make us a better team."

Filppula's deal reportedly is worth $25 million, less than the Lightning owe Lecavalier after buying out the final seven years and $45 million that remained on his contract.