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Duffer’s Dabbles: Successful Homecoming For Former Red Wings Helm



Darren Helm, Colorado Avalanche
Ex-Red Wings forward Darren Helm drew an assist as Colorado beat Detroit 5-2 on Wednesday.

Now there’s something you don’t see every day – Detroit Red Wings fans embracing a member of the Colorado Avalanche in a warm ovation.

Darren Helm, a Detroit forward for 14 seasons and a Stanley Cup winner with the Wings in 2007-08, was welcomed back to Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday. He came to town with his new team, the Avalanche. Helm signed with Colorado as an unrestricted free agent last summer.

Helm still maintains a home in the Detroit suburbs and a place in the heart of Red Wings fans. Even as he suits up for their most hated rivals.

“Quiet leader but demanded a lot,” Wings coach Jeff Blashill remembered of Helm’s Detroit tenure. “His work ethic is excellent, both on and off the ice. In the weight room, in practice, he’s one of those guys whose attention to detail is great.

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“I think he is a great person to have in the locker room. His effort on a day-to-day basis is excellent. His compete on a day-to-day basis is excellent. I’m sure he’s adding good value to their locker room. He certainly did that here and in the last few years under trying times.”

Avs Run Roughshod Over Red WIngs

Helm picked up an assist on the game’s first goal as the Avs rolled the Wings 5-2. He scored a goal against Detroit when the Avalanche beat the Wings 7-3 earlier this season at Colorado.

Around The NHL

Boston: The Boston Bruins completed a deal with Arizona – but it was for a prospect, Providence College defenseman Michael Callahan.

Pittsburgh: Evgeni Malkinset up Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby for his 500th NHL goal. When his time comes to reach the 500-goal plateau, Malkin hopes Crosby returns the favor.

NY Islanders: As trade winds swirl around him, New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara surpassed former Red Wings star Chris Chelios to become the NHL’s all-time leader in games played by a defender.

Nashville: Word is that the Nashville Predators are shopping forward Filip Forsberg, once a Washington Capitals prospect.