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Darren Helm appears to be heading in the right direction health wise

DETROIT – Wings general manager Ken Holland said during the conference call to introduce forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss that he fully expects Darren Helm healthy and ready for training camp in Traverse City.

“Darren Helm is feeling very good,” Holland said. “Darren Helm is a real key piece to our team and hopefully in Traverse City next week we get good news that he’s on the ice and can push and feels good and we can expect to see a healthy Darren Helm in training camp.”

Helm is going to take part in the Wings’ annual prospects development camp July 10-15 in Traverse City to test out his back.

“When you think about adding Steve and Alfie and Darren Helm to our team, from last year’s team, would be a tremendous, tremendous up-grade. We obviously got a couple of extra players, again, we think we’re a work-in-progress,” Holland said. “I’d still like to look at making a move or two, but it might take a month or two to finally shape our roster.”

Helm played just one game this season due to reoccurring back pain.

He never needed surgery.

Helm, 26, has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp and the first three games of the season with a back injury, which was the first of his playing career.

He 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.

Wings want a healthy Helm by training camp

DETROIT – One player Detroit missed basically all season was Darren Helm.

“We’ve got to get him healthy for next season,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said. “It’s probably going to take half the year to get him up and running.”

Helm played just one game this season due to reoccurring back pain.

He however won’t need surgery.

“He’s been to about four doctors and they say there is no structural damage,” Holland said. “The plan is to let him heal and have him ready for training camp. We need him healthy in September.

“In order to get him playing, doctors asked him to push through it,” Holland continued. “He tried that, felt good and then experienced pain. There’s no use for him to push through it anymore.”

Helm, 26, has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp and the first three games of the season with a back injury, which was the first of his playing career.

He 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.

Helm’s season appears could be over

DETROIT – Quick update from Wings practice Tuesday at Joe Louis Arena.

Wings coach Mike Babcock is getting to the point where he’s not expecting to have forward Darren Helm back this season.

“Well he’s not going to play hockey this year we don’t think,” Babcock said after practice. “We have to get ourselves ready for the playoffs and be ready to go on without him.”

Helm has been sidelined pretty much the entire season with a slightly torn disc in his back.

“I’m trying to stay positive, I think my spirits are a little bit higher than they have been,” Helm said. “It feels better, but I still can’t really put any time on what’s going on.

“I’ve been skating for a while, working out for a while, working really hard,” Helm continued. “It’s just that I still feel pain, feel a lot of discomfort. When that stops … I don’t know if one day I’ll wake up and feel great or it’s going to be kind of gradual thing.”

Helm has played one game this year.

“I don’t really have anything else to add,” Helm said. “Just going by how I feel. I’ve been feeling decent. There’s nothing else I can really add to that.”

Helm skated on his own Tuesday and continues to be day-to-day based on how he feels.

“Each day we do a little more and go by how we feel,” Helm said. “I feel like there has been a change since the last couple weeks but don’t know what’s going on.

“I’ve been skating since they went to Anaheim (trip), I was skating by myself on the ice, just (warmup suit), when they got back I was skating in full equipment, then I didn’t go on last trip,” Helm added. “I stayed behind to skate.”

Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp and the first three games of the season with a back injury, which was the first of his playing career.

He 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.

Helm suffers setback; Bertuzzi still hopes to return

DETROIT – Quick update from a very limited Wings dressing room.

Forward Darren Helm suffered a setback from his back injury and is probably out for Wednesday’s home game against the Minnesota Wild.

“I think we’re dealing with a minor setback,” Helm said. “It didn’t feel too good, traveling, sitting down a lot, I don’t know if that was the cause of it. We were pushing pretty hard on the ice and added in a few new exercises. I don’t know if it was one of the combination of it all, but the last couple of days it’s just not feeling the way it was earlier after the shots. Hopefully this is just a minor, minor, minor setback.”

Helm skated for less than 10 minutes at City Ice Arena in Detroit with just a handful of teammates.

“I was hoping it wouldn’t bug me on the ice,” Helm said. “I think if I was just going out there and skating by myself with no pucks I think I could have stayed out there a little longer. Shooting kind of aggravated it a little bit so I’ll stop doing that. We’ll do the same thing we’ve been doing, playing it by ear and taking it one day at a time.”

Helm has played one game this season.

Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp and the first three games of the season with a back injury, which was the first of his playing career.

He 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.

“I think I’m doing a little better with this one (mentally),” Helm said. “I don’t think it’s as bad as 2-3 weeks ago. I’m hoping it’s a small thing and I aggravated by doing a little too much work and too much traveling. I’m hoping it’s just a couple of days.”

The Wings have missed Helm’s speed and last season coach Mike Babcock called him the best third-line center in the league.

Todd Bertuzzi also talked for the first time since his back injury.

“I don’t have an answer, I wish I did because that’s the frustrating part,” Bertuzzi said when asked if there was a time frame for his return. “If you have a knee injury or something you know how long it’s going to take, but when it’s the back you have no clue.

“Game four or five my back was hurting a bit,” Bertuzzi added. “Then, that play (against St. Louis), it got tweaked or whatever, but by the third period I lost all feeling and everything in my right leg. I had not strength and after the game it got worse and worse and by the time I got home I was done. I went to the hospital for four days, kind of been every two weeks getting needles and resting.”

Bertuzzi, who has played seven games this season, spent four days in the hospital because of the pain.

“That was the only thing that would control the pain,” he said. “Everything kind of came down the front and all that. No pills could really take away the pain so I went there. I’ve been doing the elliptical for a couple of days now and gradually try and get better every day and see if I can get to the point where I can get back on the ice and start skating.”

Bertuzzi has tried to skate once since the injury, five days ago, and his back wasn’t strong enough and where it needs to be.

“I’d like to get back because the only other option is going to get it fixed,” Bertuzzi said. “That’s where I’m at right now. I’m going to try and rehab and get it strong enough and back to being strong enough to where I can play. I don’t want to play one game and be back to where I’ve been. I want to be able to last the remainder of the games and all that.

“It’s frustrating,” Bertuzzi added. “I wish I had more answers.”

Helm sees specialist

DETROIT — Darren Helm saw a back specialist in New York on Monday, who thinks he may have seen something different on the MRI.

“He gave him some medication,” Holland said. “We’re going to see where he’s at 4-5 days. When we’re back in town we’ll see how he’s responded to the medication, Friday or Saturday.”

Helm, who has played one game this season, has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries even before the season began.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp with a back injury.

He 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.

The Wings have missed Helm’s speed and last season Babcock called him the best third-line center in the league.

Helm gets good news with possible ligament strain in back; Mrazek to make NHL debut between pipes

The Wings may get the boost they’ve missed pretty much all season to their third and fourth line of forwards.

Darren Helm received some good news from a back specialist he saw Wednesday according to Wings general manager Ken Holland.

“After all the tests were done, he’s very confident there’s nothing significant,” Holland said in a phone interview.

Holland said it’s likely a small ligament strain. He was given an injection and there was immediate relief.

“The doctor is optimistic he’s found the problem,” Holland said.

Helm will be off through at least Monday before trying to test his back out.

“He had an MRI before and they ruled out a disc problem,” Holland said. “He had a bone scan and they ruled out a fracture. So a whole bunch of things have been ruled out.”

Helm has played on game this season.

Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

He missed the Wings’ week-long training camp and the first three games of the season with a back injury, which was the first of his playing career.

He 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.

The Wings have missed Helm’s speed and last season coach Mike Babcock called him the best third-line center in the league.

Petr Mrazek will make his NHL debut in goal.

Jimmy Howard, who missed practice on Wednesday, had started every game this season.

Helm out first three games; Bertuzzi, Kindl out Game 1

DETROIT – Wings forward Darren Helm has ruled himself out for at least the first three games of the season due to an injured back.

“I’m feeling good, since it happened each day it keeps getting better and better,” Helm said Friday morning. “I’m going to go on the road with the guys on this trip and hopefully get a skate in. I don’t think I’ll be playing Saturday, Monday or Tuesday.”

Helm hasn’t skated since Jan. 10.

“I can touch my toes,” said Helm, who was placed on short-term injured reserve retroactive to the injury occurring. “My motion is pretty much close to back. It’s still a little stiff or sore when I come up, not too bad. The next step, we went fairly hard today and we’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”

Helm, who said this is his first back injury, has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

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. He was also hit by a puck on Nov. 2 during an informal skate in Troy, breaking an orbital bone.

“I want to play,” Helm said. “I’m pretty upset this happened at this time, after a lockout, it’s a short season, missing games is frustrating.”

Todd Bertuzzi will miss the opener because of an illness according to Wings coach Mike Babcock.

“Todd’s not making the trip, he’s sick,” Babcock said. “They’re going to give him an IV or something and he probably join us tomorrow or the next day. If not he’ll join us in Columbus.”

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday morning that forward Patrick Eaves can resume his playing career after getting cleared by doctors Thursday night.

“As we’ve seen around the league, these concussions can last a long time,” Holland said. “He has started to feel better and better. The doctors gave him the green light to play and that’s pretty good news for Patty.”

Eaves hasn’t played since he was hit in the head going down to block on shot on Nov. 26, 2011 against Nashville. Along with experiencing concussion-like symptoms he suffered a broken jaw.

Once Helm returns and if the Wings don’t have any other injuries, they’ll have to make a decision up front. And that decision will be to either waive or try and trade Jan Mursak or Cory Emmerton.

“We are deep up front,” Holland said. “We’ll have to make a decision up front.

“It took a year for Patty to get back to normal,” Holland continued. “He’s been a real good player for us, a good penalty killer. He’s chipped in between 12 and 14 goals a year. He’s played in the top six when we’ve needed him. He’s got a good set of hands. The obvious question is, where’s your game at? It’ll get better the more he plays.”

Jakub Kindl (groin) won’t play in the opener Saturday in St. Louis.

Holland said Kindl had tests and it showed he had some trauma there. He could be read Monday for the game in Columbus.

Helm doubtful for opener; Samuelsson improving

PLYMOUTH — Darren Helm (back) missed the third day of camp and is doubtful for Saturday night’s opener in St. Louis.

“Each day has been a little bit better, so I really don’t know when I’ll be on the ice,” Helm said. “Just day-by-day, play it by ear.

“Probably pretty doubtful to play,” Helm added when asked about opener. “Still have to get on the ice first. That’s probably a couple days away.”

Helm hasn’t skated since last Thursday and hasn’t had another test since an MRI on Sunday.

“I can’t really lift anything up right now, can’t bend over too well,” Helm said. “I’ll have to tie my skates before I skate around. It is hurting. It’s a small injury but bugs me quite a bit. I have to make sure I can actually skate before I go out there.”

Helm said this is his first back injury.

“I’m just kind of listening to what they’re saying and trusting them, like I’ve done before,” Helm said. “Just being really cautious with it and when it’s ready it’s ready. It’s a short season. Obviously, I’ve got to get back quickly but I can’t rush it and be out for another 3-4 weeks. I’ve got to be smart with it.”

Helm has been on the wrong end of a rash of injuries of late.

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. He was also hit by a puck on Nov. 2 during an informal skate in Troy, breaking an orbital bone.

“I’ve been watching a lot of games, been sidelined for a year and a bit with different types of injuries,” Helm said. “It is a bit frustrating, but hoping it’s sooner or later.”

Mikael Samuelsson said an ultrasound revealed nothing on his injured groin.

“It’s a minor, minor thing,” Samuelsson said. “It’s not a big deal, but you don’t want to start like this.”

Samuelsson said it’s very possible he’ll be on the ice Thursday and feels he’ll be ready for the opener.

“I will be ready for Saturday if the coach wants me,” Samuelsson said.