Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said center Darren Helm might start skating by the end of the week, or early next week.
“We still expect he's going to be ready in the first round of the playoffs; not Game 1, but anytime from Game 2 on,'' Holland said. “He's done pretty good healing the last nine days.''I know the fans and the team have missed Helmer. Both on the penalty kill and on the forecheck. Helmer brings a level of aggressiveness that is missing without him, all due respect to Abdelkader. And recently, his play offensively has been impressive as well.
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“We know how significant this injury can be if you (re-injure) it and be out even longer,'' Helm said. “We're going to try push it so I can get back quicker, but not going to rush it too much.''
Helm said on Friday the knee is stiff, lacking range of motion.
“You can feel it getting tight when it gets past the point of being comfortable,'' he said.I'm not super knowledgeable on injuries, but I just hope he doesn't come back too early to reinjure it. However, we need the kid back in the lineup for a chance for us to really out-class our opposition.
As someone who has knee injuries (pool boxes are heavy and should you should not brace your knee against them to move them), I can tell you that if he doesn't let his MCL properly, it will get injured very easily again and will probably take longer to heal the second time around. I miss Helm, but I don't want him to push himself to come back too early and have chronic knee injuries this early in his career.
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