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Red Wings place Helm, Eaves on long-term IR

Sep 30, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

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The Detroit Red Wings haven’t played a single regular season game in 2013-14 and their injury list is already distressingly long. The team announced on Monday that Darren Helm and Patrick Eaves were placed on the LTIR while Jordin Tootoo and Jonas Gustavsson were placed on the normal injured reserve.

Helm and Eaves will sit out a minimum of 10 games, making an Oct. 23 home game against the Ottawa Senators the first contest they’d be eligible to play in. Of course, there are no guarantees regarding when Helm, 26, and Eaves, 29, might be able to suit up again.

Helm was limited to a single contest in 2013 thanks to back problems, although his latest issue might be groin-related (you never know with NHL teams). Eaves is dealing with an ankle injury, but was at least able to play in 34 contests last season.

Losing both is rough for Detroit, especially from a penalty killing standpoint.

As far as Gustavsson and Tootoo are concerned, they’ll be out for seven days, though assignments can also be retroactive to an early date. indicates that Petr Mrazek will back up Jimmy Howard to begin 2013 while Gustavsson, 28, heals up.

Combine these injuries with a setback for Stephen Weiss and it’s a wonder if the Red Wings might shamble into October.

  1. cheliostwin - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    This is due to the Wings signing too many players. When they signed Dan Cleary, that gave them 17 forwards signed, when they only want 13 forwards on the 23-man roster that is mandated by the league. Wings fans knew this was coming, they are just juggling borderline players until real injuries occur, freeing up roster space. Helm and Gustavsson are the only two that are too sore to play, as far as I know.

  2. savior72 - Sep 30, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Are the wings just grabbing for straws at this point ? Lucky for them they get away from LA, Chicago, and the Blues at the right time.

    • polegojim - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Savior??? They beat all three of those teams with lesser teams of their own.

      If you’ve been paying attention to the Wings, you’d understand as chelios noted, this is positioning.

      Master Jedi Holland is hard at work.

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