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Red Wings to put Helm on LTIR

Sep 29, 2013, 4:07 PM EDT

Dany Heatley, Darren Helm AP

Red Wings forward Darren Helm‘s struggles with injury will continue into this season.

Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports the speedy center will begin the season on long-term injured reserve thanks to separate groin and back issues. Being on LTIR means being out of action for 24 days or 10 games and GM Ken Holland isn’t sure how soon he’ll be available.

“We believe Helm will be back in three weeks,” he says. Given how slow his progress has been since getting hurt last year, there’s all the reason in the world to be skeptical.

There is a blessing in disguise of sorts for Detroit, however, as they’ve got a glut of forwards and need to get below the salary cap. Helm going on LTIR will eventually help both parts of that equation although he can’t go on LTIR until the season starts.

  1. c9castine - Sep 29, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    hes approaching Havlat status

  2. LampyB - Sep 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Yup. He can redeem himself by coming back and stating back though.

  3. polegojim - Sep 29, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Hate to say this… but soon it will be time to move on. Going on two years of drama with no end in sight.

    We’ll see if he’s actually back in three weeks… then plays in a full contact game.

    I like Helm, but enough is enough.

    • lionstigersandwingsohmy - Sep 30, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      I normally agree with you, but this situation is not “going on two years”, it is starting to affect a second season though.

      • polegojim - Sep 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        ; ) wait – ‘going on 2 years’ and ‘entering a second season’ are different how? Don’t seasons encompass years? Doesn’t ‘going on’ and ‘entering’ mean the same?

        Anyways – it’s getting old however we want to count it. Wings need that prime roster spot filled with someone who is actually going to play.

        Frankly and sadly, even if he’s back soon, I believe one or two good checks will send Helm back to IR.

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