The fact that Pavelski isn't a UFA until after next season makes this a no-brainer. It'd be like getting another season of Filppula next year for 4M instead of whatever crazy number we'll have to pay to keep him.
Marginal upgrade at best. I'd do it for the simple fact Pavelski is signed to a decent deal and Filppula is an impending UFA, though.
Pretty much this, plus Pavelski scores big goals and isn't as much of a pass happy player which I think we need. I like Filppula if he signed a similar deal to what Pavelski has I would be happy with that, but I see his numbers coming in much higher. Where this does hurt us some I think is team speed.
The only reason i wouldnt do it is because the Wings need as many defensively responsible forwards as possible considering the state of the defense. You need to give the D as much breathing room as possible so it doesnt implode.