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Ward: Marchenko re-signs

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

Update:

Update #2: Khan confirms in text form:

Marchenko was a restricted free agent. His new cap hit is $1.45 million. He will still be a restricted free agent when this bridge deal expires in 2018. His cap hit last season was $666,667.

Marchenko, 24, secured a regular spot in the lineup last season, appearing in 66 games (two goals, nine assists, minus-5 rating). He appeared in three playoff games against Tampa Bay, missing two games after having his head rammed into the glass.

He is a stay-at-home defender. The Red Wings like his poise with the puck and ability to move it efficiently.

The Red Wings have three more restricted free agents to sign, among players who were on the NHL roster: Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser and Teemu Pulkkinen.

Update #3: The Detroit News's Ted Kulfan also confirms:

Defenseman Alexey Marchenko has re-signed with the Red Wings for two years for a total of $2.9 million ($1.45 salary-cap hit), the team confirmed.

In 66 games last season Marchenko, 24, scored 11 points (two goals, nine assists) with a minus-5 rating.

The 2011 seventh-round draft pick provides good size (6-3, 210), a defensive presence and reliable all-around play.

Marchennko’s signing comes just after the Red Wings re-signed Darren Helm, a potential unrestricted free agent, to a five-year contract worth $19.25 million, just hours before the official start of NHL free agency.

As for other restricted free agents, the Red Wings still have goalie Petr Mrazek, defenseman Danny DeKeyser and forward Teemu Pulkkinen to re-sign.

Update #4:

Update #5: Here's the press release:

RED WINGS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DARREN HELM AND ALEXEY MARCHENKO
… Detroit Brings Back Helm for Five Years; Marchenko for Two Seasons …

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today agreed to terms with center Darren Helm on a five-year contract and defenseman Alexey Marchenko on a two-year contract.

Helm, 29, has skated in 443 games with the Red Wings since 2007-08, recording 162 points (72-90-162) and 112 penalty minutes. In 2015-16, the 6-foot, 196-lb., forward appeared in 77 games and ranked among team leaders with 13 goals (T7th), 13 assists (T10th), 26 points (T9th), three game-winning goals (T3rd) and 165 shots on goal (T4th). He set career highs in goals (15) and points (33) in 2014-15. Helm was a member of the Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup championship team as a first-year pro, skating in seven regular-season games and contributing four points (2-2-4) in 18 postseason contests. He has totaled 82 career playoff games for Detroit, collecting 21 points (11-10-21) and 28 penalty minutes.

The St. Andrews, Manitoba, native was originally drafted by the Red Wings in the fifth round (132nd overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Helm played in 124 games with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins from 2007-09 and during a conditioning stint in 2013-14, registering 68 points (29-39-68) and 54 penalty minutes. He spent his major junior career with the Western Hockey League’s Medicine Hat Tigers, tallying 167 points (76-91-167) and 117 penalty minutes and winning the WHL championship in 2007. Helm was named a 2007 WHL East Second-Team All-Star and also earned a spot on the Canadian Hockey League Memorial Cup All-Star Team. He won gold with Canada at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up two goals in six games.

Marchenko, 24, enters his fourth season of professional hockey in North America and eighth professional season overall having logged 80 games and 13 points (3-10-13) at the NHL level. The Moscow, Russia, native started last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins before being recalled to the Red Wings and becoming a mainstay in the lineup, logging 66 games and 11 points (2-9-11). Marchenko has also skated in six postseason games with the Red Wings. The blueliner has logged 104 AHL games with Grand Rapids since 2013-14, registering 38 points (6-32-38), 42 penalty minutes and a plus-31 rating.

Originally a seventh-round draft pick (205th overall) of the Red Wings in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Marchenko spent four seasons with CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League prior to arriving in North America. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman registered 11 points (4-7-11) in 82 KHL games. He also tallied 78 points (18-60-78) in 84 games for the team at the junior level, winning a league championship in 2011 and leading all defensemen in scoring. Internationally, Marchenko represented Russia at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, tallying one goal and two assists in ten games en route to helping Russia claim the bronze medal. Marchenko also represented Russia at the 2008 and 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was recently named to Team Russia for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Darren Helm, Center
Born Jan 21 1987 -- St. Andrews, MAN
Height 6.00 -- Weight 196 -- Shoots L

Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 5 #132 overall 2005 NHL Entry Draft

                                       --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2003-04  Selkirk Steelers       MJHL    6    0    3    3    0
2004-05  Medicine Hat Tigers    WHL    72   10   14   24   27  13   2   6   8  10
2005-06  Medicine Hat Tigers    WHL    70   41   38   79   37  13   5   4   9   2
2006-07  Medicine Hat Tigers    WHL    59   25   39   64   53  23  10  12  22  14
2007-08  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL    67   16   15   31   30  --  --  --  --  --
2007-08  Detroit Red Wings      NHL     7    0    0    0    2  18   2   2   4   2
2008-09  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL    55   13   24   37   24  --  --  --  --  --
2008-09  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    16    0    1    1    4  23   4   1   5   4
2009-10  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    75   11   13   24   18  12   1   0   1   4
2010-11  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    82   12   20   32   16  11   3   3   6   8
2011-12  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    68    9   17   26   12   1   0   0   0   0
2012-13  Detroit Red Wings      NHL     1    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
2013-14  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL     2    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
2013-14  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    42   12    8   20   14   5   0   1   1   0
2014-15  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    75   15   18   33   12   7   0   3   3   4
2015-16  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    77   13   13   26   32   5   1   0   1   6
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         NHL Totals                   443   72   90  162  112  82  11  10  21  28

Alexey Marchenko, Defenseman
Born Jan 2 1992 -- Moscow, Russia
Height 6.03 -- Weight 210


Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 7 #205 overall 2011 NHL Entry Draft


                                       --- Regular Season ---  ---- Playoffs ----
Season   Team                   Lge    GP    G    A  Pts  PIM  GP   G   A Pts PIM
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2009-10  CSKA Moscow            KHL    10    0    0    0    0  --  --  --  --  --
2010-11  CSKA Moscow            KHL    23    0    2    2    4  --  --  --  --  --
2011-12  CSKA Moscow            KHL     6    0    0    0    2
2012-13  CSKA Moscow            KHL    44    4    5    9    6   7   0   0   0   0
2013-14  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL    49    3   15   18   14  --  --  --  --  --
2013-14  Detroit Red Wings      NHL     1    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
2014-15  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL    51    3   17   20   26  11   0   4   4   2
2014-15  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    13    1    1    2    2   3   0   0   0   0
2015-16  Grand Rapids Griffins  AHL     4    0    0    0    2  --  --  --  --  --
2015-16  Detroit Red Wings      NHL    66    2    9   11   10   3   0   0   0  10
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         NHL Totals                    80    3   10   13   14   6   0   0   0  10

 

Update #6: The Free Press's Helene St. James confirms:

Amid the frenzy of the NHL free agent market, the Detroit Red Wings secured the services of one of their young defensemen.

Alexey Marchenko agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.9-million contract with an average annual value of $1.45 million.

The 24-year-old served as a third-pair defenseman this past season, sticking with the team after being called up three weeks into the season because of injuries to regulars. He’s trusted by coach Jeff Blashill, who put Marchenko in the lineup over the more experienced Brendan Smith when the playoffs began this spring.

He makes smart decisions with the puck and is the only defenseman on the team besides Mike Green to shoot right-handed.

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All right!

Posted by George0211 on 07/01/16 at 10:51 AM ET

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Some GOOD news:

was it his qualifying offer?

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/01/16 at 10:53 AM ET

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Considering this was a Kenny F’n Holland negotiated deal, I can only assume it’s for 15 years at $8.5 AAV.

Posted by Wise1 on 07/01/16 at 10:56 AM ET

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Here’s hoping he gets more minutes this year. He’s so reliable.

Posted by Jamespqr on 07/01/16 at 10:59 AM ET

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<blockquote class=“twitter-tweet” data-lang=“en”>#RedWings re-sign RFA defenseman Alexey Marchenko for two years at a $1.45 million cap hit.— Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) July 1, 2016</blockquote>
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Posted by George0211 on 07/01/16 at 11:00 AM ET

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That’s pretty good, I’ll take it.

Posted by captaineclectic on 07/01/16 at 11:01 AM ET

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Yeah, the only good deals KFH can make are the one’s that are absolutely impossible to screw up.

Posted by Wise1 on 07/01/16 at 11:05 AM ET

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KH is good with RFAs, horrible with UFAs.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/01/16 at 11:05 AM ET

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I wish we had a GM that was just a bit creative!  He’s afraid to let guys go just b/c they’ve come up in the system.  Look at Montreal - differing opinions on Bergevin’s moves - but at least he’s trying to make his team BETTER with Shaw, Weber, Radulov.  Not just stay the same like Holland.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 07/01/16 at 11:09 AM ET

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Aaron Ekblad has reportedly agreed to a eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/01/16 at 11:11 AM ET

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but at least he’s trying to make his team BETTER with Shaw, Weber, Radulov

I agree, especially considering KH himself said (after we all have been saying it for 5 years) that we need to get bigger and more physical. And KH’s biggest acquisitions will probably be Helm and Nielsen.

Posted by VPalmer on 07/01/16 at 11:16 AM ET

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Anyone have the time to start KenHollandSucks.com?

Posted by Uncle Rico on 07/01/16 at 11:20 AM ET

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grin

L.G.R.W.

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 07/01/16 at 11:22 AM ET

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Holland mouthpiece says Helm and Nielsen will be all Wings add today.  Forget needed size and toughness in guys like Matt Martin, Troy Brouwer or Backes.  And upgrading the D?  Please Wings have 6 NHL defensemen, haha.

Posted by Uncle Rico on 07/01/16 at 11:27 AM ET

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Doug Houda has his six defensemen.  He’s gonna be a very busy man this season.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 07/01/16 at 02:30 PM ET

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