DETROIT – The chances of Darren Helm being healthy enough to start training camp in Traverse City appear to be quite slim after he suffered another setback on the ice.
Helm didn’t take part in the Wings’ informal skate at Joe Louis Arena Monday morning after suffering a groin injury on Friday.
“I came off and I wasn’t too happy,” Helm said. “It wasn’t my back so I wasn’t too upset. I don’t think this is going to keep me off the ice that long.”
Helm said that an ultrasound was performed on Saturday and a slight groin strain was detected.
“They didn’t say it was a bad one,” Helm said. “It’s day to day and we’ll see how I feel. (My) target date is when I feel better. As of right now I would not be able to skate or play.”
The Wings are scheduled to leave for Traverse City on Tuesday and have physicals performed Wednesday before the first day of training camp begins Thursday.
“I don’t know what the plan is,” Helm said. “The plan is to see how I feel Thursday.
“It’s not the way I wanted to start camp,” Helm continued. “I’ve been working pretty hard to get back and be able to participate in camp. Now if it’s not the back it’s another thing. I’ve just got to get healthy and see what I can do.”
Helm had just begun ramping up his workouts on and off the ice since returning from having a slightly torn disc in his back that never required surgery.
He played just one game last season.
“It is almost kind of comical the way these things keep happening,” said Helm, who had been skating in Detroit for nearly a month.
Helm had back issues began before training camp began last season.
“My back is going to be fine,” Helm said. “I did enjoy working out, that’s when my back has felt better when I was doing more. I’ve got to do a little less right now, but I don’t think it’s going to affect my back.
“This summer, the last two or three months, I feel like I’ve made really good progress with my back,” Helm continued. “It’s kind of upsetting that my groin had to have a little effect here. I just need to move forward. There’s nothing I can do about it.”
Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.
He was hit by a puck on Nov. 2 during an informal skate in Troy, breaking an orbital bone.
On March 17, he missed the final 10 regular-season games with a sprained MCL. Then, in his first game back, the playoff opener against Nashville, he had tendons in his forearm sliced by a skate.