Helm will officially be an option for the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

The NHL released the list of players that will be protected for each team, but Helm was a notable exclusion for the Red Wings. While the Red Wings value his speed and shorthanded contributions, only seven skaters could be retained and most of those were naturally top-six guys. Helm is set to make $3.85 million in each of the next three seasons, so the next step for Vegas is to determine whether that cap hit would be worth absorbing in conjunction with whomever else they bring on.

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