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by Paul on 10/20/13 at 03:55 PM ET
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Start the countdown clock on Darren Helm’s return to the Detroit Red Wings lineup —and the likelihood Jordin Tootoo won’t be a Wing much longer.
General manager Ken Holland received as uplifting a text as possible today from Helm, reporting that all was well after two games in the minors and a nine-hour bus journey.
That’s putting Helm on a brick-paved path to playing Saturday, when the Wings host the New York Rangers. The Wings host the San Jose Sharks
tonight(Monday) at Joe Louis Arena, but since Helm was put on Long-Term Injured Reserve to start the season, he has to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days. Helm will return from the minors to rejoin practices as he prepares for what will be only his second NHL game in 2013.
“He told me he’s looking forward to being in the lineup next weekend,” Holland said. “This is a major step, it’s great news.”
added 6:07pm, Ansar Khan of Mlive on Helm returning
“He said the back felt great, conditioning and timing have a little ways to go,’’ Holland said. “From a health standpoint, everything is well and he’s looking forward to being in the lineup this weekend.’’...
Fourth-line center Luke Glendening will be reassigned to the Griffins, but the Red Wings will need to trim one more player.
Jordin Tootoo appears to be the most susceptible.
The Red Wings had no luck moving Tootoo over the summer. Nashville, his former club, was among the teams they contacted.
If they can’t deal Tootoo for a draft pick or prospect this week, he might be waived. If he is waived and claimed, his entire $1.9 million salary cap hit (for this season and next season) would come off the books. If he clears and is assigned to Grand Rapids, the Red Wings would get only $925,000 in cap relief under the new collective bargaining agreement that makes it more difficult to bury veterans in the minors.
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