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.