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Red Wings, Darren Helm reach 5-year contract extension; Also sign Alexey Marchenko

Posted: 11:06 AM, Jul 01, 2016
Updated: 2016-07-01 15:23:20-04

The Detroit Red Wings and forward Darren Helm have reached an agreement on a 5-year contract, the team announced on Friday.

The deal, worth $19.25 million, came just hours before Helm became an unrestricted free agent at 12 p.m. The deal will pay him $3.85 million a year, the Free Press reports.

Helm, 29, has been with Detroit since 2007, but had his most productive season with the Red Wings last year.

In 77 games, the speedy forward scored 13 goals and added 13 assists for a total of 26 points. The 77 games were also the most he played in a season since playing in 82 in 2010.

The team also re-signed defenseman Alexey Marchenko to a two-year contract. Marchenko has spent parts of the past three seasons with the Red Wings, alternating between Detroit and the Grand Rapids Griffins.