With Mike Modano deciding this week to accept an offer to play with the Red Wings, other pieces of Detroit's offseason are now able to fall in place. Specifically, the Red Wings were able to finally re-sign Darren Helm, a move that both parties were waiting to do until after Modano made a decision.
Helm's deal is for two years and is worth $1.825 million.
Helm will earn $825,000 this season, and $1 million in 2011-12.
With Helm back under contract, the next thing the Red Wings need to do is re-sign Justin Abdelkader, who was also waiting on Modano to decide before getting a contract of his own. Once Abdelkader re-signs, the Red Wings' roster will pretty much be set. It's possible that Kirk Maltby could be re-signed to a two-way contract and that another defenseman could be added, but for the most part, the Wings will be able to start looking ahead to training camp.