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Plagued by bad back, Helm can finally ‘see a light’

Jul 15, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

Darren Helm AP

Limited to just one game last season because of a mysterious back injury, Detroit forward Darren Helm was sounding cautiously optimistic Sunday at Red Wings development camp.

“I like the way things have went so far,” Helm told “Got one more skate tomorrow. Like I said before, it’s a process. I’m encouraged, for sure. I see this moving in the right direction, especially in the last few days.”

The 26-year-old speedster even took some light contact during one on-ice session.

“I didn’t have any (back) issues with that,” he said.

The Wings are obviously hoping Helm’s injury is a non-issue next season. He’s had setbacks before though, so there’s a reason the optimism is cautious.

“It’s been a tough year and a half,” he said.

“But I see a light.”

  1. tmoore4075 - Jul 15, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    If he’s back at 100% that’s like a nice UFA signing right there.

  2. ryanprzy - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    One of my favorite players.

    The guy plays a lot like Kris Draper did for us: blazing speed, great penalty killer, solid in the faceoff circle, and can chip in the occasional goal.

  3. 2late2matter - Jul 15, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    A lot of “ifs” will need to happen before Helm convinces me he’s worth the return investment. Like:

    “If” he can play a full season w/o injury.

    “If” he can relocate his defensive mastery.

    “If” he can score when he’s fed the puck.

    “If” he can work with his new teammates.

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