Darren Helm Signs 4-Year Contract With Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings center Darren Helm (43) during the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up 25-year-old center Darren Helm for four years.

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up Darren Helm for the next four years, keeping them for looking elsewhere for a penalty killing ace. Helm's contract is a bit bigger than previously expected, but the terms should end up being a good deal for both parties.

If the Detroit Red Wings' front office entered the playoffs unsure about whether or not Helm would be worth retaining at a cost of just over $2 million per year, they got a bit of a wake-up call when the team got dumped out in the first round by the Nashville Predators without an injured Helm. The 25-year-old is a key fixture on the team's third line and penalty kill units, and the Wings will be thrilled to have him locked up for his best years.

For more on Helm and the Wings, head over to Winging It In Motown and SB Nation Detroit.

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