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FSD’s Ken Daniels: Red Wings assigned Darren Helm to Grand Rapids for a conditioning stint

Updated 9x at 12:02 AM: According to Fox Sports Detroit's Ken Daniels, the Red Wings have assigned Darren Helm to Grand Rapids, where he will play 3 games over the course of 5 nights for the Griffins. surprise

Time to fire up the trading-players machine...And it was Daniels that said it. I get the feeling that Tootoo is as good as gone, regrettably, and the Wings will obviously have to both demote Glendening and move another body when Eaves comes off the IR--possibly Eaves himself.

Update: Khan and Pleiness confirm:

Update #2: More confirmation:

Update #3: Seriously, fire up the trade machine:

Update #4:

Update #5: Here's MLive's Khan's text report:

Holland said Helm will practice with the Griffins Wednesday and Thursday and play two games for the AHL club, Friday’s home opener against Milwaukee and Saturday in Rockford. Helm will then return to Detroit and resume practicing with the Red Wings on Monday.

Helm appeared in only one game last season after hurting his back while lifting weights a few days before training camp. He experienced several setbacks in the meantime and missed camp this year due to a pulled groin.

“He didn’t have any training camp, he’s played one game in 18 months, so I talked to him in Traverse City and he felt he needed a full training camp,’’ Holland said. “He’s now in the process of getting himself healthy, fit. He needs to play some games. The two games in the American League, those are his preseason games. I ask him every couple of days how he’s doing; he feels great, he’s excited to go down there. We’re excited, it looks like we’re headed in a positive direction.’’

Helm is on long-term injured reserve and doesn’t need to be activated to be assigned to the Griffins, Holland said. He will be activated before his first game with the Red Wings.

Prior to injuring his back, Helm experienced a variety of injuries – a sprained knee, lacerated tendons in his forearm and a fractured orbital bone (during the lockout).

Helm has been skating with the club for a couple of weeks.

“I’m ready to get going pretty soon,’’ Helm said Tuesday morning, before the club announced the move. “Things are going well. I’m skating hard. It’s looking good. Things are rolling in the right direction. I’m happy with it.’’

Update #6: Here's the Macomb Daily's Chuck Pleiness's report:

“I’m ready to get going pretty soon,” Helm said after practice Tuesday. “Things are going well. I’m skating hard. Today was a battle. I just feel good, ready to go.”

After recovering from a back injury, Helm’s return to the lineup was derailed by a groin injury.

“Everything feels good,” Helm said. “It’s looking good. Things are rolling in the right direction. I’m happy with it.

“Not until I step on the ice do I want to put a (return) date on it,” Helm added. “Until my name is on a lineup sheet I’m not going to get that excited about it. When that day comes then we’ll talk about it.”

Helm will return to Detroit on Monday.

“The two games in the American League, those are his preseason games,” Holland said. “I ask him every couple of days how he’s doing, he feels great and he’s excited to go down. We’re excited. It looks like we’re headed in a positive direction.

“If all goes according to plan he’ll be in the lineup against the Rangers on Oct. 26,” Holland added.

Update #7: Via RedWingsFeed, DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose weighed in:

General manager Ken Holland confirmed Tuesday night during the Red Wings home game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, that Helm will practice with the Griffins this week and play in a pair of American Hockey League games this weekend.

“Under the CBA he can go down for three games and six days, so he’s going to go down and practice tomorrow,” Holland said. “Obviously we’re on the road tomorrow to Denver, so he’s going to practice with Grand Rapids tomorrow and Thursday and play in Grand Rapids home opener on Friday and again Saturday in Rockford.”

Helm will return to Detroit where he’s expected to join the Red Wings in their morning skate prior to hosting the San Jose Sharks that evening.

If all goes according to plan, Holland said, Helm could be in the Red Wings’ lineup for their home game against the New York Rangers on Oct. 26.

Helm has battled a series of injuries that included a sprained knee, lacerated forearm, which required emergency surgery, and a ruptured disk in his lower back. The Wings had hoped Helm would start the season as their No. 3 center, behind Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss, but a sore groin stymied his recovery from the sore lower back.

“He’s now in the process of getting himself healthy, fit,” Holland said. “He now needs to play some games. The two games in the American League, those are his preseason games. I ask him every couple of days how he’s doing, he feels great, he’s excited to go down. We’re excited, it looks like we’re headed in a positive direction.”


Update #8: The Wings are now confirming:

DARREN HELM ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS FOR CONDITIONING
… Red Wings Center Missed 47 Games With a Back Injury in 2012-13 …

Detroit, MI... The Detroit Red Wings today assigned center Darren Helm to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins on a conditioning loan.

Helm, 26, has been limited to just one game played since Apr. 11, 2012, missing time with wrist, back and groin injuries. The seventh-year pro has skated in 249 games for Detroit, recording 83 points (32-51-83) and 54 penalty minutes. After playing all 82 games in 2010-11, he missed 14 games late in the 2011-12 season and sat out 47 of the team’s 48 games in 2012-13. Helm has also appeared in 65 career playoff games for Detroit, including 18 during the team’s 2008 Stanley Cup championship run, totaling 16 points (10-6-16) and 18 penalty minutes.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native started his professional career with the Griffins, logging 68 points (29-39-68) in 122 games from 2007-09. Prior to entering the AHL, Helm was a member of the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers. In 201 major junior games, he recorded 167 points (76-91-167) and 117 penalty minutes. He is eligible to suit up for Grand Rapids this weekend, as the team raises a banner for its 2013 Calder Cup championship against the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to battle the Rockford IceHogs on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Update #9: The Griffins confirm, too:

HELM ASSIGNED TO GRAND RAPIDS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday assigned center Darren Helm to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Helm, 26, has appeared in 249 regular season games with Detroit since the 2007-08 season, amassing 83 points (32-51—83) and 54 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has also played in 65 playoff games for the Wings, including  18 games during the team’s 2008 Stanley Cup championship run, producing 16 points (10-6—16) and 18 penalty minutes. Due to various injuries, Helm has only appeared in one game since Apr. 11, 2012.

Before joining the Wings, the Winnipeg, Manitoba, native skated in 122 games with the Griffins from 2007-09, tallying 68 points (29-39—68) and 54 penalty minutes. Helm ranks among Griffins’ all time leaders with five shorthanded goals (T5th) and seven unassisted goals (T3rd). Helm’s last game as a Griffin was Apr. 11, 2009 at Peoria.

The Griffins (2-0-1-0) will host the Milwaukee Admirals at Van Andel Arena Friday at 7 p.m. for the home opener. Before the puck drops, the team will raise its championship banner to celebrate last year’s Calder Cup victory. On Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m., the Griffins will face the Rockford IceHogs for the fourth road game of the season.

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stonehands-78's avatar

grin

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 10/15/13 at 07:57 PM ET

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Hell doth froze over

Posted by neffernin on 10/15/13 at 07:58 PM ET

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shit meet fan

Posted by MoreShoot on 10/15/13 at 08:05 PM ET

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It’s not a given that Helm will be able to handle the rigors of minor league hockey unscathed.  I like the kid, but the back injury scares me.  I know they are saying now that he has a groin injury but the most often the two are related (you tend to over compensate with the abs when your back is messed up).

Posted by WingFanFormerlyInLA on 10/15/13 at 09:03 PM ET

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Oh God, I get this feeling they’re rushing him back.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/15/13 at 09:07 PM ET

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Oh God, I get this feeling they’re rushing him back.

Posted by CrimsonPhoenix on 10/15/13 at 10:07 PM ET

Because Holland is in a hurry to deal with the roster mess he made?  So eager he’s basically ignored it so far in hopes it’d just go away?

No.  He’s not being rushed by the Wings.  Really can’t see that, would make no sense.  And not in the Ken Holland Roster Moves kind of way, but in the Counter-Productive kind of way.

Posted by Primis on 10/15/13 at 10:17 PM ET

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Let him get on the ice before proclaiming him done like dinner. He’s ready. Let’s see what happens and hope for the best.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/15/13 at 10:30 PM ET

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I can’t wait to see how Holland gets himself (meaning the Wings) out of the cap-hit mess he got himself (meaning the Wings) into when he signed Cleary to a $1.75M contract. This could get very interesting – or very ugly – in a hurry.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/15/13 at 10:42 PM ET

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Posted by Primis on 10/15/13 at 11:17 PM ET

Exactly. One thing Holland and Babcock almost never do is rush a hurt player back into the lineup, I think we can say that with some confidence.

Of course, that doesn’t mean Helm will pass the GR test. The groin/back have lingered bad and it seems like each time it looks like he’s turned a corner on recovery, there’s a setback. I’m holding my breath.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 10/16/13 at 07:51 AM ET

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Looking at the NHL, there are a couple obvious trade partners for Tootoo or even Samuelsson.  Buffalo and Florida have a derth of bona fide NHL forwards.  The Rangers could use someone who’s played in Vignault’s system before and can play as a complementary scorer.  Tootoo or possibly Eaves could be of interest to Edmonton, too.

Posted by captaineclectic on 10/16/13 at 09:20 AM ET

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I can’t wait to see how Holland gets himself (meaning the Wings) out of the cap-hit mess he got himself (meaning the Wings) into when he signed Cleary to a $1.75M contract. This could get very interesting – or very ugly – in a hurry.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/15/13 at 11:42 PM ET

Yes you can.  I bet it involves Dekeyser going down to Grand Rapids, just as an example.

Holland will take the easiest way out.

Posted by Primis on 10/16/13 at 10:06 AM ET

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Yes you can.  I bet it involves Dekeyser going down to Grand Rapids, just as an example.

Holland will take the easiest way out.

Posted by Primis on 10/16/13 at 11:06 AM ET

I doubt this, simply because they’re relying on Deks in some key situations the last few games and he’s responded. There is a reason he is playing and smith got swapped out for the more defensively reliable Lashoff.

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 10/16/13 at 11:13 AM ET

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