I think this is a great signing. I do feel that the price may be a little bit high, but nothing drastic. I was hoping Helm would sign for 5 years at $2 million a season, so this is pretty close. This can turn into a steal if Helm could begin, you know, scoring some breakaway goals. Let’s take a look at Helm’s stats:
(courtesy of hockeydb.com)
As you can see, Helm seems to be about a 30 point a year guy while playing the penalty kill as well as the role of really really fast skater. If he sees consistent time on the third line, possibly with Bertuzzi, I could see his points going up, hopefully, to 40 or so. I highly doubt Helm will ever be a power play guy, but that’s why the Wings pay guys like Pav, Hank, and Fil.
Let’s take a few minutes and watch some Darren Helm awesomeness, shall we? Let’s start with his most important goal ever:
This hit was awesome but a penalty because the refs were being stupid-heads:
HOLY CRAP HE CAN SCORE ON A BREAKAWAY:
Last, but the best, his dominating penalty kill against the Craphawks:
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