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Wings GM Holland says ‘everything’s good’ with Helm

Aug 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The status of Red Wings forward Darren Helm has been a concern for the team for some time now, but there’s more good news on the way.

Detroit GM Ken Holland tells George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press that Helm continues to improve and the hope to have him at the start of the season continues.

“Everything’s good,” Holland said. “He feels good. He’s training. I know he trained very hard last week. He’s in Detroit. He’s very happy where he’s at. He has no issues. Obviously, the challenge is physical play. I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Helm was dealing with an injured back last season that limited him to playing in just one game. His health leaves a lot up in the air for Detroit as guys like Cory Emmerton and Joakim Andersson will have their roles determined by how much he plays.

Detroit also has a glut of forwards to get figured out as well. Helm is their preferred third or fourth line center, but moving one of Emmerton, Andersson, or anyone else at this point can’t be done unless they’re sure he can go full-speed.

  1. clefty1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    The Wings missed Helm’s speed and also on the PK.

  2. sinnister - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    While Helm’s presence on the ice is critical especially on special teams, the back injury is of considerable concern. I’ve suffered a back injury years ago and they typically don’t get better.
    Of course, I’d imagine Mr. Helm has much better health care than I do.

  3. stinkpretty1 - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    this guy is a stud. His speed is exceptional

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