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Darren Helm re-signs with Detroit; four years, $8.5 million

Jun 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Darren Helm AP

The Detroit Red Wings are destined to be big players in free agency this summer, but they got things off to a start today by taking care of one of their own.

Darren Dreger of TSN reports the Wings have re-signed center Darren Helm to a four-year, $8.5 million deal to keep him in town as their grind line terror. Helm’s deal works out to a $2.125 million cap hit. Helm is a third line player for Detroit and while paying him just over $2 million a year might seem high, Colorado is paying David Jones $4 million a season to play on their third line.

Last season, Helm scored nine goals and added 17 assists in 68 games and had a career-high 12 goals two seasons ago. He’s not asked to contribute big offense but rather to help contain opposing forwards and perform on the penalty kill. If he ever figured out how to finish on breakaways, Helm’s speed would make him a huge threat shorthanded. As it is, Detroit is apparently more than happy with what they get out of him now.

  1. geo91 - Jun 19, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Very acceptable

  2. polegojim - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Excellent deal for both sides. Helm can actually do better on the ice. Time to show it.

    Appropriately, the ‘Jones-Avs’ deal keeps getting attention… for obvious negative reasons. Good for Jones, horrible for Avs… Way to pay BIG for that 3rd, 3rd, 3rd line guys – typical Avs right now.

  3. langforc - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    This is a great deal. He may be a 3rd liner but the Wings are a much different team when he is in the line up. The energy he brings and his PK abilities give the Wings a huge lift making him worth every penny.

  4. jernster21 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Since when is Jones a 3rd line guy? He plays with Stastny and McGinn on the 1st line. When healthy, the Avs have 3 deep lines so it’s silly to label them. Last I checked, 3rd line guys don’t score 20 and 27 goals in back to back season, maybe that’s why he’s making 4m and Helm is making half that. JUST A THOUGHT.

    • polegojim - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      You gotta catchup here jernster – the Avs basically have 3 – third lines, then a fourth.

      On any other team, Jones is a role player, tops. He may score 20, but he’s a defensive liability @ -8 last year and -22 career.

      Helm last year was 9 goals @ +5, with +3 career… and is a solid role player.

      Sorry J – but the Avs have lost their edge badly and continue to prove it.

  5. porkchopexpress1969 - Jun 19, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    This is a fantastic signing! Helm is a good hardworking player…

  6. millers37 - Jun 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    I enjoy watching this guy play hockey, lots of energy. Great job Wings in signing him for 4 years.

  7. zaksyuk - Jun 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    Helm is amazing ! Worth it all day people who dont watch him every game might not understand why hes worth 2 mil !

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