Red Wings Re-Sign Darren Helm & Alexey Marchenko

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The Detroit Red Wings announced Friday they have re-signed Darren Helm & Alexey Marchenko.

Forward Helm and defenseman 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."

The Red Wings are also keeping Marchenko for two more seasons, taking $1.45 million off their cap each year. Marchenko is coming off his first full season in the NHL. The Russian played in 66 games last season, scoring twice and adding nine assists.

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