Bertuzzi, Helm not returning soon; Franzen out through at least Sunday

DETROIT — Don’t expect to see Todd Bertuzzi or Darren Helm anytime soon in the Wings’ lineup.

Both have been out with back injuries.

“I’ve got to believe he’s out probably a minimum of a couple weeks,” Wings general manager Ken Holland said during a phone interview. “When he comes back it’s going to take a week or two to get up and running.”

With Bertuzzi it’s his lower back.

Helm is feeling better each day according to Holland.

“We’re in a holding pattern, I have no idea of time frame,” Holland said. “Doctors aren’t sure if it’s a strain or a slight ligament tear, but they’ve ruled out a disc problem and hairline fracture. Judging by how long he’s been out it’s likely a slight tear.”

Johan Franzen (hip flexor) is out at least through Sunday.

“We’re going to be conservative with him,” Holland said. “Fortunately, we’re 7-4-2, we can be a little conservative.”
The news is better with two other injured forward – Mikael Samuelsson and Jan Mursak.

“Maybe Sunday or Tuesday for both of them, barring a setback,” Holland said.

Defensemen Brendan Smith and Carlo Colaiacovo, both out with shoulder injuries, are a week to 10 days away from returning according to Holland.

“If not next weekend, then shortly after,” Holland said.

Goalie Jonas Gustavsson (groin) may be heading to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint.

“We’ll decide tonight or tomorrow morning,” Holland said. “He’s getting close enough. We’re discussing ways of getting him up and running.”

The Griffins play Sunday and then again on Friday.

Holland was still unclear on what forward may be missing tonight.

The team recalled Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids just in case that player is unable to go.


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