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by George Malik on 11/01/13 at 11:09 AM ET
According to MLive's Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will finally welcome Darren Helm back to the lineup tomorrow night in Edmonton, but the team will also delay an inevitable pair of moves to make roster and salary cap space by placing Jonathan Ericsson on the long-term injured reserve list, which will mean that Ericsson can't return from his partially dislocated shoulder issue for 10 total games--which would leave him out of the lineup until the Wings' November 15th game against Washington:
Khan confirms both Helm's status and Jonas Gustavsson's status as "day to day" with a strained neck:
Holland said it appears center Darren Helm will make his season debut Saturday in Edmonton but that the team will make the final decision after the morning skate tomorrow.
Holland said they will probably transfer defenseman Jonathan Ericsson (separated shoulder) from short-term injured reserve to long-term IR to get the necessary salary-cap relief to activate Helm.
"Everything I've been told is positive (on Helm),'' Holland said. "He said he has no issues with his back or his groin.''
Update #2: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff penned a blog entry taking note of Helm's prior-to-the-road-trip comments:
Including Friday’s game at the Saddledome against the Calgary Flames, Helm will have missed 89 of Detroit’s last 91 regular-season and playoff games, through a variety of ailments, including a knee injury and a sliced arm.
Through all the hurts and setbacks, Helm has done his best not to let the ups and downs get to him.
“When I’m out of the rink, I’ve got other things that keep my mind off it,” Helm said.
Helm believes that by going on the LTIR, it took the pressure off of him to be ready and allowed him to get healthy at his own pace.
“I think I’ve done a pretty good job of not thinking about setting a time line or any kind of date,” Helm said. That helped me to just do what I need to do to get healthy.”
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