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Ken Holland, Frans Nielsen UFA day presser Tweets

Updated 12x at 9:26 PM: Of note from Red Wings GM Ken Holland's media availability subsequent to the Frans Nielsen signing and Darren Helm and Alexey Marchenko re-signings:

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Red Wings sign Thomas Vanek

Updated 5x at 9:08 PM: FYI:

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Initial comments on Nielsen, Helm from Ken Holland

Ken Holland spoke with the Associated Press's Larry Lage regarding the Red Wings' signing of Frans Nielsen and re-signing of Darren Helm:

The Detroit Red Wings tried to address the departure of Pavel Datsyuk, agreeing with Frans Nielsen to a six-year, $31.5 million contract Friday in the opening hours of free agency.

''He's a centerman we needed after losing one in Pavel Datsyuk,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Associated Press. ''We think he can play 200 feet, in all situations, including penalty killing and on the power play.''

Nielsen averaged 51 points over the last three years with the New York Islanders. The 32-year-old Nielsen, who is from Denmark, has scored 119 goals and added 230 assists over his decade in the NHL.

Forward Darren Helm and defenseman Alexey Marchenko agreed to deals with Detroit to stay with the team just before they would have been available on the market.

The Red Wings retained Helm with a five-year contract, counting $3.85 million against the salary cap each season. Helm had 13 goals and 26 points last season. He has 72 goals and 90 assists since making his debut during the 2007-08 season.

''As you watch the Stanley Cup playoffs, it re-emphasized the importance of speed, and that's something Darren has,'' Holland said. ''He's just 29 and we think he's going to have speed throughout the term of his deal. And, I'm told he took less money to stay. He's a homegrown player, a draft pick of ours, and we're glad to keep him because he's becoming a bit of a leader.''

Lage also reports that Pavel Datsyuk's agent, Dan Milstein, states that Pavel Datsyuk hasn't signed in Russia yet (as Sportsnet's John Shannon reported, that's because the Coyotes have yet to terminate Datsyuk's contract).

Update: Here's more from the Free Press's Helene St. James:

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Looks Line No Matt Martin In Detroit


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No Radulov in Detroit…

FYI from Sportsnet's John Shannon:

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Red Wings sign Frans Nielsen

Updated 13x at 5:53 PM: Here it is:

Here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness in text form:

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McKenzie: Wings to sign FA Matt Lorito. Does he replace Miele in GR?

Lorito would be a replacement for Andy Miele--he's 5'9" and 181 pounds, and he posted 18 goals, 36 assists and 54 points in 71 games with Albany.

MLive's Brendan Savage also confirms:

The Detroit Red Wings signed minor-league free agengt forward Matt Lorito to a two-year, two-way contract Friday worth a potential $1.2 million

The deal is worth $575,000 if he plays in the NHL next season and $250,000 if he's with the Grand Rapids Griffins. In 2017-18, he will make $650,000 and $275,000.

Lorito ia a 5-foot-9, 170-pound left winger who played for the AHL's Albany Devils last season.

In 71 games with the Devils, Lorito had 18 goals, 36 assists, 26 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating. In 11 playoff games, he had three goals and four assists.

That left him 28th in the AHL scoring race, 14th among all rookies.

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Datsyuk signing with SKA waiting on paperwork

This Tweet from John Shannon explains why Pavel Datsyuk has yet to officially sign with SKA St. Petersburg:

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Ward: Marchenko re-signs

Updated 6x at 2:38 PM: Some GOOD news:


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Darren Helm Re-signed By Detroit

The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms...

His speed and versatility was too good to let go.

At the 11th hour, the Detroit Red Wings came to terms with Darren Helm, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent at noon.

Helm came in on a five-year deal worth $3.85 million annually. The Wings still have room to target another forward on the free agent market, and are believed to have the inside track on center Frans Nielsen.

The Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness and EESPN's Craig Custance also confirm.

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