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Red Wings lock up Helm with four-year deal

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a four- year contract with forward Darren Helm.

The deal is worth $8.5 million, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Helm, who was set to become a restricted free agent, had nine goals and 17 assists in 68 games last season. He was lost for the postseason after suffering a cut on his forearm in Game 1 of a first-round matchup against Nashville.

The 25-year-old Winnipeg native needed surgery to repair lacerated tendons in his right forearm. Detroit lost in five games to the Predators.

In addition to being a key penalty-killer, Helm has compiled 32 goals and 51 assists in 248 NHL games, all with the Red Wings.

06/19 11:53:33 ET