Red Wings and Darren Helm come to terms on new contract

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After word circulated not too long ago that free agent-to-be Darren Helm would test the waters of the open market, it seems he’s satisfied with the greens of his current pasture.

The Detroit Red Wings have come to terms with Helm on a contract to keep him in the Winged Wheel for the next 5 years, at an annual salary of $3.85 million per year. This is a raise from his previous deal with Detroit, that saw him at a cap hit of $2.125 million.

With Helm and Drew Miller now under contract again with Detroit, that keeps a good core of their defensive bottom-6 forwards on the roster, and some good penalty killers. It will be interesting to see how Andreas Athanasiou’s role develops now with Helm under contract, and both of them having similar play styles (granted Athanasiou has a better set of hands). And with free agency opening at noon today, it remains to be seen what happens with Pavel Datsyuk’s former top-6 center role.