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Red Wings re-sign Helm to 4-year contract at average of $2.125 million (plus mid-day news)

Updated 6x with officially official confirmation at 12:51 PM: Via Paul, the Wings have knocked one of their three restricted free agent signings off the list by re-signing Darren Helm, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger:

Darren Helm agrees to 4 year, $8.5 deal in Detroit.

That’s $2.125 million per season..

Update: MLive’s Ansar Khan confirms:

Wings have re-signed Darren Helm to four-year deal worth $8.5 million

And, to quote Capgeek:

With Darren Helm signed, the #NHL #RedWings still have $24.1m in cap space with 19 roster players under contract. http://www.capgeek.com/charts.php?Team=15

Update #2: The Free Press’s Helene St. James confirms…

Good, if expected, news for the #RedWings: Forward Darren Helm locked up for next 4 years with $8.5 million deal ($1.125 mill cap hit).
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Make that $2.125 mill cap hit for Helm.
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IMO: This is excellent deal for both sides - Helm doubles his salary, Wings get speedy checker & 10-12 goal scorer for little over $2 mill

And TSN’s story explains why the Wings may have overpaid a bit to lock up Helm and his offensive potential:

Darren Helm has agreed to terms on a four-year, $8.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Last season, Helm scored nine goals and added 17 assists for 26 points in 68 games.

Helm was slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

Update #3: The Wings are confirming via Twitter:

BREAKING NEWS: The #Wings have agreed to a four-year contract with Darren Helm.

Update #3.5: The Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan confirms as well:

Helm agrees to four-year deal with the Red Wings; RFA should be ready for training camp - lacerated forearm tendon in Game 1 vs. Nashville

Update #4: St. James has a story up now:

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up forward Darren Helm for the next four years, securing the services of their fastest forward.

The deal is worth $8.5 million, or $2.125 million per season against the cap.

Helm, 25, was a pending restricted free agent, and there never was doubt that the Wings would keep him. Over the past three seasons, he has become a key part of the penalty killing. At even strength, he brings speed and tenacious forechecking. Coach Mike Babcock decried the decreased functionality of the entire bottom six group of forwards after Helm was lost to a knee injury in mid-March and again after he was lost in Game 1 of the playoffs because of a cut to his forearm.

In addition to his staunch play in his own zone, Helm has shown himself capable of contributing offensively, topping 10 goals in two of the past three seasons, and reaching nine goals in 68 games this past season.

His signing brings the Wings to 12 forwards under contract for 2012-13, but that doesn’t mean much at the moment. They will pursue adding a top-end forward—such as Zach Parise—on July 1, and may well end up deciding Cory Emmerton and Jan Mursak don’t fit into the future in Detroit.

Update #4.5: MLive’s Ansar Khan, via RedWingsFeed, is confirming, too:

The Detroit Red Wings and center Darren Helm have agreed to a four-year deal worth $8.5 million, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

The Red Wings have not yet announced the deal, and team officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Helm, scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1, earned $1 million in 2011-12. His new contract would have a salary-cap hit of $2.125 million.

More details shortly.

Update #4.75: Ditto from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose:

#RedWings have agreed to a new four-year contract for speedy, hard-checking forward Darren Helm. Other details are not available yet.


Update #4.85: I’m starting to think that Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon really doesn’t like the Wings at all:

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.

Update #4.9: Here’s Ted Kulfan’s Helm story:

The Red Wings have come to terms with forward Darren Helm on a four-year contract worth $8.5 million, TSN reported.

Helm, who could have become a restricted free agent July 1, played in 68 games last season, scoring 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists). He missed much of the end of the season with a left knee sprain.

Helm returned for the start of the playoffs, only to suffer a torn left forearm tendon in Game 1 against Nashville.

Helm is expected to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

Update #4.95: From St. James:

Helm tells FP: “It’s def. nice that they see me as a player that deserves that. I’m happy to know where I’m going to be the next 4 years.”

Update #4.99: And CBS Detroit and Michigan Hockey Now’s Ryan Zuke’s Helm report posted superb large-size, high-quality Helm images.

 


Update #5: More on Helm....

• From the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness...

Darren Helm today signed a four-year, $8.25 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Helm, who would have become a restricted free agent on July 1, returns to a team for which he scored 26 points in 68 games played last season.

Helm, a speedy third-line center, missed the last four games of the 2011 playoffs with a lacerated forearm. He is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp in September.

• And Helene St. James:

Helm tells FP: “It’s def. nice that they see me as a player that deserves that. I’m happy to know where I’m going to be the next 4 years.”
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Bertuzzi on Helm returning: “He drives me to be better seeing him walk around shirtless with a 9-pack and you’re only supposed to have 6.”

Sneaking in some mid-day news:

• The Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner ponders Curt Fraser’s legacy with the Grand Rapids Griffins;

• WZZM 13 reports that the Griffins are also holding a “Lids at the Library” event today at 2 PM;

• MLive’s Ansar Khan profiled Justin Schultz as a potential free agent target, joining Ted Kulfan in the, “Well, it’s not likely, but possible that the Wings could sign the 6’2,” 185-pound defenseman” category:

Strengths: A highly skilled offensive defenseman, analysts like Schultz’s hockey sense, his skating, his ability to move the puck and his tremendous shot.

Weaknesses: Like most young players, he needs to add muscle to his frame and play with more grit.

Notable: Anaheim’s exclusive negotiating window with Schultz will expire on Sunday. He is not expected to sign with the Ducks. He can begin talks with any team after the weekend but can’t sign until July 1.

Why he would interest the Red Wings: A talented, young defenseman would interest anybody. Many analysts believe Schultz will be one of the most sought after free agents on July 1, perhaps behind only Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

How he could fit in with the Red Wings: Detroit values puck-moving defensemen and has only one defenseman who shoots right (Ian White). But if Schultz insists on playing in the NHL next season, he might not get that guarantee from the Red Wings. They prefer their players earn a roster spot, not be handed one. And if the Red Wings sign a veteran free-agent defenseman (they surely will), they will have seven NHL defensemen, including rookie Brendan Smith (Schultz’s teammate at Wisconsin for one season). Would Schultz be willing to spend a season with the Grand Rapids Griffins when some other teams probably would hand him an NHL job?

What it might take to get him: Maybe an assurance that he’ll be on the NHL roster in 2012-13. Money isn’t an issue, since he would get virtually the same deal wherever he goes. The maximum entry-level contract for a 22-year-old is two years for $925,000 per season with a standard 10 percent ($92,500) signing bonus each year. Players may also negotiate performance bonuses.

• Via Paul, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford claims that the Blues are a dark-horse candidate to sign Ryan Suter, but, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is leaning toward making trades instead of signing free agents, according to the Raleigh News & Observer’s Chip Alexander;

• Via RWF, looking forward, short-term version, from the Free Press’s sports staff:

Pavel Datsyuk will be the lone Detroit Red Wing up for honors when the NHL Awards show airs at 7 p.m. Wednesday on the NBC Sports Network and CBC. Datysuk is in the running for best defensive forward.

Ceremonies will take place at the Encore Theater at Wynn in Las Vegas.

Here are the finalists for the key awards:

HART (MVP): Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning.

VEZINA (top goaltender): Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers; Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings; Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators.

SELKE (top defensive forward): David Backes, St. Louis Blues; Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins; Pavel Datsyuk, Red Wings.

LADY BYNG (skill and sportsmanship): Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers; Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers; Matt Moulson, New York Islanders.

CALDER (top rookie): Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils; Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers.

NORRIS (top defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators; Shea Weber, Nashville Predators.

MASTERTON (perseverance and dedication): Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators; Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs; Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens. (Pacioretty is a Michigan alumnus.)

JACK ADAMS (top coach): Ken Hitchcock, St. Louis Blues; Paul MacLean, Ottawa Senators; John Tortorella, New York Rangers.

• Looking back while looking forward, Yahoo Sports’ Neate Sager notes that the Wings snagged a solid second-round “gem” last year in one Ryan Sproul…

Ryan Sproul (55th, Detroit Red Wings) — The 6-foot-3 offensive defenceman was at best an outside possibility for the first round, but the Wings got a steal when they took him near the end of the second. Sproul was only an even 6-foot when the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds made him a sixth-round selection in the OHL priority selection draft. He dallied with going the NCAA route, had a growth spurt, adapted to his new body and became a force in the second half of his age-17 season with the ‘Hounds. Sproul earned OHL all-star recognition this season, which is hardly an easy task for a defenceman on a ninth-place team.

The Wings hope to land a similar talent that falls out of the first round at the draft on Saturday;

• And here’s your Predators GM David Poile continuing to have something of a hissy fit about Ryan Suter update of the day, per the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox:

Poile won’t, however, trade Suter’s rights before he hits unrestricted free agency on July 1, hoping that gesture and the rearguard’s history in Nashville will persuade him to stay with the Preds.

“It’s a nervous situation, for sure,” said Poile. “We’ve just got to keep the faith. I’m getting my arms around the fact that as we get closer to July 1 he’s going to take a peek at free agency.”

 

Update #4.25: A bit more from Helm via St. James:

The deal is worth $8.5 million, or $2.125 million per season against the cap.

“It’s definitely nice that they see me as a player that deserves that,” Helm told the Free Press. “I’m very happy with this. It’s nice to know where I’m going to be the next four years.”


Update #4.3: Here’s Khan’s explanation as to why the Wings haven’t put our a press release yet:

The Red Wings have not yet announced the deal because they are waiting for the paperwork to be filed, which should happen later this afternoon.

Helm was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He earned $1 million in 2011-12. His new contract has a salary-cap hit of $2.125 million.

The third-line center is valued for his speed, forechecking and physical play. He had nine goals and 17 assists in 2011-12 and was sorely missed after suffering a sprained left MCL on March 17, which idled him for the rest of the regular season.

Helm, 25, suffered lacerated tendons in his right forearm in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Nashville, when he was cut by Alexander Radulov’s skate. It was Helm’s first game back from the knee injury and it ended his season.

It was a huge blow for the Red Wings, since Helm usually elevates his game in the playoffs.

Helm, selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft (132nd overall), has 32 goals and 83 points in 248 career regular season games. He has 10 goals and 16 points in 65 playoff games.

: From USA Today’s Kevin Allen:

Helm’s $8.5 million over 4 means, even after re-signing Abdelkader, the Red Wings will have roughly $20 million to pursue Suter, Parise, etc

Update #6: From St. James:

Remaining RFAs for #RedWings: F Abdelkader, D Quincey. Est. $5 mill for those 2, little under $20 mill left in cap room

And WXYZ’s Tom Leyden:

#RedWings announce signing of Darren Helm to four-year deal. $8.5 million for a guy Mike Babcock really likes a lot. Details to follow.

Here’s Leyden’s story...

Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Darren Helm on a four-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Helm, 25, was originally a fifth-round selection (132nd overall) of the Red Wings in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He appeared in 68 games for the Red Wings in 2011-12, finishing the season with 26 points (9G-17A-26P) and 12 PIM.

Helm missed 14 games due to injury, including the final 10 games of the season with a knee sprain suffered on March 17 at San Jose. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native returned for Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators, but played only 3:08 before suffering lacerated tendons in his right forearm after being struck by an opponent’s skate in the first period.

The 5-11, 195-lb. forward is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of training camp in September.

“Darren is an important part of our team and we’re very happy that we’ve reached an agreement,” said Holland. “He’s one of the fastest skaters in the game and we love the physical element that he brings. He’s an outstanding penalty killer and the ideal third line center for us behind Pavel (Datsyuk) and Henrik (Zetterberg). We really missed him when he was out of the lineup in March and April.”

And Leyden is quoting extensively from the Wings’ official press release confirming the deal.

From Todd Beam:

Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the club has agreed to terms with forward Darren Helm on a four-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Helm, 25, was originally a fifth-round selection (132nd overall) of the Red Wings in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft. He appeared in 68 games for the Red Wings in 2011-12, finishing the season with 26 points (9G-17A-26P) and 12 PIM. Helm missed 14 games due to injury, including the final 10 games of the season with a knee sprain suffered on March 17 at San Jose. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native returned for Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Nashville Predators, but played only 3:08 before suffering lacerated tendons in his right forearm after being struck by an opponent’s skate in the first period. The 5-11, 195-lb. forward is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of training camp in September.

“Darren is an important part of our team and we’re very happy that we’ve reached an agreement,” said Holland. “He’s one of the fastest skaters in the game and we love the physical element that he brings. He’s an outstanding penalty killer and the ideal third line center for us behind Pavel (Datsyuk) and Henrik (Zetterberg). We really missed him when he was out of the lineup in March and April.”

Helm is entering his fourth full season with the team. He played in just 16 regular season games for the Red Wings from 2007-09, but appeared in 41 postseason games during that same span and was an important part of Detroit’s 2008 Stanley Cup championship run and its return to the Stanley Cup Final in 2009. Helm’s career numbers include 248 games played, 83 points (32G-51A-83P) and 52 PIM. In 65 career postseason games, he’s collected 16 points (10G-6A-16P) and 18 PIM.

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DrewBehr's avatar

A well deserved raise. If you think it’s too high, look at how flat our 3rd and 4th lines were when he was out of the line-up.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 06/19/12 at 11:52 AM ET

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I think it’s a smidge high for what Helm does, but not too much.  He has been a 1.5-1.75 mil player the past year or so.  As long as Detroit can get he and Abby taken care of for less than 3.5 combined I’ll have no problems with the deals.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 06/19/12 at 11:55 AM ET

TKShreve's avatar

I think this more than makes up for the Erricson signing last year.

Posted by TKShreve from East Uptown on 06/19/12 at 11:59 AM ET

wedge56's avatar

I was expecting him to sign for closer to 2.75…I like this price for Helm.

Posted by wedge56 on 06/19/12 at 12:17 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

The Wings signed one of the fastest guys in the league (and someone with a fair amount of untapped offensive potential) until he’s 29 for $2.125M per? That’s not a good deal. That’s a great deal.

That also means the Wings believe Helm will recover fully from his Game 1 injury. So now it’ll be fun to see how motivated he is by the new deal and by having missed this year’s playoffs.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/19/12 at 12:19 PM ET

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Talking to non-Wings fans, they believe its a steal, so I’ll side with them.

Posted by Jeremy from Toledo, OH on 06/19/12 at 12:24 PM ET

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I dont’ think it’s high at all.  All the guy does is improve his game every year.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/19/12 at 12:26 PM ET

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I need Kleenex.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/19/12 at 12:37 PM ET

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I think it’s a great deal.  A very decent salary for a 3rd line center who kills penalties.  If he continues to improve offensively, years 3-4 of this deal could be an out right steal.

Posted by Ajax19 on 06/19/12 at 12:51 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Well, that’s one way to put a smile on my face this morning.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 06/19/12 at 12:51 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

great news, now they have a figure to sign Abby, probably somewhat but not a great deal less.

Where do you figure abby signs, $1.25M - $1.50M per year?

Posted by RWBill from cruising Brush Street with Super Creepy Rob Lowe. on 06/19/12 at 12:52 PM ET

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Where do you figure abby signs, $1.25M - $1.50M per year?

Hopefully no more than $1.5M

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/19/12 at 12:59 PM ET

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I need Kleenex.

No used ones laying around?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/19/12 at 12:59 PM ET

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Where do you figure abby signs, $1.25M - $1.50M per year?

That would be pretty reasonable.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 01:02 PM ET

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I need Kleenex.

Posted by Herm from the office on 06/19/12 at 11:37 AM ET

Just as long as you use them for the proper function Herm. cheese  Good deal, good length… what’s not to like?

Posted by calquake on 06/19/12 at 01:03 PM ET

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Update #4.85: I’m starting to think that Pro Hockey Talk’s Joe Yerdon really doesn’t like the Wings at all:

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.

Meh. He agrees that it MIGHT be high BUT Jones is getting much more. Also, I totally agree with his statement about Helm’s inability to finish. If he could ever figure that part out he’d be teh awesome!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/19/12 at 01:04 PM ET

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He agrees that it MIGHT be high BUT Jones is getting much more.

I think he’s using the Jones contract to argue that Helm’s salary isn’t high.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 01:16 PM ET

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With raise, Helmer must afford my PD13 hockey camp. His hands will then dangle.

Posted by Need More Shoot from Ekaterinburg, Russia on 06/19/12 at 01:27 PM ET

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I think he’s using the Jones contract to argue that Helm’s salary isn’t high.
Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 12:16 PM ET

I agree.

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/19/12 at 01:31 PM ET

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Posted by Vladimir16 on 06/19/12 at 12:31 PM ET

Dammit.  I re-read what you said and realized you were saying exactly what I was saying.

Me read good.

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 01:35 PM ET

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Bertuzzi on Helm returning: “He drives me to be better seeing him walk around shirtless with a 9-pack and you’re only supposed to have 6.”

ROFL

Posted by Zqto from Brazil on 06/19/12 at 01:39 PM ET

TheFreak's avatar

Are GM’s signing high betting there might be a salary cut with the next CBA?

Posted by TheFreak on 06/19/12 at 01:41 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

How great.  He’s worth every penny and then some if that wrist heals up properly.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 06/19/12 at 01:43 PM ET

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Anyone who thinks this is too high is crazy.  This was the most important signing of this summer, July 1 and Parise/Suter speculation included.  I’m a happy, happy Wings fan right now.

Posted by BrendonR on 06/19/12 at 01:43 PM ET

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This is a great deal. One of the fastest (and quickest) guys in the league, with offensive skill that Will develop for under 3 million. With the cap going up, I like this…a lot.

Posted by Itrusteddrrahmani from Nyc by way of A2 on 06/19/12 at 01:50 PM ET

Aphaea's avatar

Very nice. In comparison to the Jones contract it’s even better.

George, I assure you that Yerdon does not dislike the Wings, and he’s a fan of Helm. The knock on Helm’s inability to finish is nothing new, and I agree with him on that point.

Posted by Aphaea on 06/19/12 at 01:50 PM ET

DocF's avatar

This is a good signing at a fair price.  Helm is worth a hell of a lot more than that guy in Denver and they will be paying him a little more than half of that guy’s contract.  Talk about a home town discount!

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 06/19/12 at 01:51 PM ET

HockeyJoe's avatar

I don’t like the Wings? Is there something you know that I don’t, George?

Posted by HockeyJoe from Upstate New York on 06/19/12 at 01:53 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Love this deal.  LOVE.IT.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/12 at 01:54 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

People seem to keep forgetting we have to shed at least 2 forwards from the roster, AT LEAST if we’re getting an size guy for the bottom 6 and/or top 6 guy.  Gonna lose at least another mil in salary just clearing roster spots but probably more.

Pav-(UFA)-Bert
Flip-Z-Mule
Helm-Abby-Cleary
Miller-Eaves-Gus
(UFA gritty F)-Emmerton-Mursak-Homer(?) *think it’s safe to say he’ll be asked to do the same as Malts

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 06/19/12 at 02:06 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 06/19/12 at 02:19 PM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

George, I assure you that Yerdon does not dislike the Wings, and he’s a fan of Helm. The knock on Helm’s inability to finish is nothing new, and I agree with him on that point.

Posted by Aphaea on 06/19/12 at 12:50 PM ET

Agreed.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 06/19/12 at 02:25 PM ET

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Fantastic.  Just fantastic!

cool smile

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 06/19/12 at 02:30 PM ET

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Helm-Abby-Cleary
Miller-Eaves-Gus

I’d bet that Abdelkader is the 4th centre, with Miller and Eaves, and that Nyquist plays 3rd line with Helm & Cleary (though I’m still hoping that someone can be gotten to play on a top line in place of Bert, with Cleary & Bert slotting in, one each, on the third and fourth lines).

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 02:31 PM ET

HockeyJoe's avatar

Appreciate the backup there Aphaea and Chief.

Posted by HockeyJoe from Upstate New York on 06/19/12 at 02:31 PM ET

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Yeah, I also see Helm as third line center and Abby as fourth line center.  I’d like to see Miller/Helm/Eaves and Cleary (veteran presence on the fourth line)/Abby/Gus.  Well, I’d actually like to see Gus on the first or second line, but that won’t happen.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 06/19/12 at 03:04 PM ET

awould's avatar

This is a great signing. I’m glad he’s locked up now. He’s a heart and soul guy with some serious upside to his offense if he can learn to put some more pucks in the net, which I believe he will.

Posted by awould on 06/19/12 at 03:07 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Well, I’d actually like to see Gus on the first or second line, but that won’t happen.

Posted by MsRedWinger from Michigan, now in Flori-duh on 06/19/12 at 02:04 PM ET

He will be sooner than later.  Gus is too good for fourth line duties.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 06/19/12 at 03:11 PM ET

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I’d get technical, but quite frankly, all I need to say is YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Give Abby the same numbers, $5 mil for those two? Damn straight. Then we’ve got 20 mil to to wangle around in free agency. Let the games begin.

Posted by jimathor from The land of Sir Humblepatch of Bumblehound on 06/19/12 at 03:37 PM ET

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Give Abby the same numbers, $5 mil for those two?

I hope you’re kidding…

Posted by Garth on 06/19/12 at 03:42 PM ET

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