Helm contract not that high IMO. This is the average contract for his caliber of player in the league. As the cap goes higher his value will increase as for the cap hit. As it was indicated shortage of talent was low so his forced to be playing against higher opponents to his standards. His speed and penalty kill are enormous for the Wings. I don't think this is a bad signing and if worst comes to worst it doesn't pan out trading him won't be hard.
I dont get why you trade a bona fide star, for a guy who COULD be a star. Maybe Edmonton wins long term, but I feel that there are better defenseman out there that you could have gotten if you are going to offer Hall. Bad trade for Edmonton.
Okposo brings so much more than just scoring. To compare him to Clarkson who has 0 skills is really crazy. Okposo primarily is powerforward who besides that is a puck hog. 7 millions might just be a bit too steep for him but I'd like to have him for 6.
Backes is far away from being a number 1 center and the best FA available. Staal is the only one who might play another year or two like a nr1 Center.
I'm also pretty sure that Shipachev will be far better than Backes.
And yes...we need a Datsyuk-style of player. We hardly ever had the puck, were one of the worst possession teams. And we just lost our best possession player. While I think that possession is overrated you still cannot win games if you're chasing the puck all season long. Surely not with our defense.
Shaman was comparing contracts - not the actual players themselves.
My biggest fear this offseason is that we miss out on Shipachev and that Helm doesn't get a contract. As Holland doesn't like big trades he probably wouldn't trade for a Center and just spend all remaining Cap on resigning Helm longterm. Hopefully I'm wrong but I just can't see anybody signing Helm. And Holland absolutely would sign him even if nobody else would. He's done it with certain other players...same thing over and over again. I'm all for loyalty but sometimes it's just too much.
For the numbers people could be throwing at Matt Martin, Helm will be def. Getting offers, he was one of our players with value. He won't be a wjng next season ans I have a feeling of Martin can get a 3.5-4, helm easily gets 4 aav