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Latest ailment for Detroit’s Helm: groin injury

Sep 9, 2013, 9:52 PM EDT

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Injury-riddled Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm faces a (sort of) good news/bad news situation regarding his banged-up body.

On the bright side, the Detroit Free Press’ Helene St. James reports that the back issues that limited to one game in 2013 seem mostly cleared up. Unfortunately, the latest ailment is a groin injury, which an MRI revealed to be just a small strain.

Having these issues pile up understandably frustrates the hard-working center.

“It is almost kind of comical the way these things keep happening,” Helm said on Monday. “I came off, I wasn’t too happy. But it wasn’t my back, so I’m not too upset about it. I don’t think this is going to be too long.”

Helm suffered his latest injury while skating on Friday, according to St. James.

The Free Press report indicates that it might be safe to expect Helm to be doubtful for the Red Wings’ first preseason games, considering the unpredictable way groin injuries can linger.

  1. polegojim - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    I like Helm and he’s an incredible talent… but ONLY when he can actually PLAY hockey during games that count.

    Sorry Helmer… feeling like time for the Red Wings to move on.

    How could his body be ‘banged up’… after one game played… LAST season?

    Seriously… if a player can’t stay healthy when NOT playing hockey and only skating… what happens when he’s actually getting hit and battling for pucks???

    Wings need a consistent ‘FULL’ roster day 1… and have waited long enough in this situation.

    • hockinj25 - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:43 PM

      Thumbs down, thumbs down, thumbs down, thumbs down…. you get the picture. The Red Wings should never get rid of Helm. He had a bad back problem and now a minor groin injury. He doesn’t have a long history of bad injuries so just give him some time to be 100%.

      • polegojim - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Yeah Yeah Yeah… We’d all like to believe that… sounds warm and fuzzy… but not realistic.

        They’ve given him most of 3 years? And he’s still not 100% while NOT playing hockey.

        If it’s so minor… why is he already slated to miss the first week of the season… with the team already preparing us that it could be longer?

        We’ll see… maybe I eat my words… but not feeling it… too many continuing ???????

        We’ve already got ??? with Weiss and his health – it’s time to turn question marks into periods.

      • 19to77 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        He played all 82 games in 2010-11 and 68 in 2011-12. Yeah, he suffered a major derailment last year, but your worries about him still boil down to fun with small sample sizes.

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