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Helm, Red Wings agree to Five-Year Deal

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Forward’s Contract to have AAV of $3.85 million


DETROIT-The Detroit Red Wings lost one of their best players in Pavel Datsyuk last week as he decided to return home to Russia. On the first day of free agency, they were able to keep one of their better depth forwards.

According to reports, the Red Wings have agreed to terms on a five-year deal with forward Darren Helm.

Helm’s new deal is said to have an average annual value of $3.85 million. The 29-year-old forward tallied 13 goals and 26 points in 77 games last season.

Despite not being as talented as Datsyuk or captain Henrik Zetterberg, Helm still is a key component of Detroit’s team.

His killer speed has made him one of the better penalty killers in the league. It also allows him to create chances while shorthanded, evidenced in the nine shorthanded goals he has in his career.

That speed was a big reason Dallas, Boston, Vancouver, and Calgary were all very interested in signing the Manitoba native.

In 443 career NHL games, Helm has amassed 72 goals and 162 points. He also has 11 goals and 21 points in 82 playoff games. He was part of Detroit’s last Stanley Cup winning team in 2008, as well.