The Malik Report
by George Malik on 03/06/13 at 02:33 PM ET
I figured that the Red Wings' "off day" wouldn't be a quiet one, but I didn't know it'd be this busy. A significant chunk of morning news, a Petr Mrazek "AMA" and some earnest trade deadline ponderings and an interview with Ken Holland have all popped up over the past two-and-change hours, and now MLive's Ansar Khan's followed up DetroitRedWings.com's Bill Roose's news about Darren Helm skating in his hockey gear with an incredibly substantive set of injury updates.
Wings GM Ken Holland offered the following to Khan regarding Darren Helm's status--and don't be surprised by Holland's comment that it's going to take Helm at least 2-3 weeks to get back into "hockey shape"...
“He pushed it harder today than yesterday; he'll wake up tomorrow and see how it feels,'' general manager Ken Holland said. “I'd say he's at least a couple of weeks away. It's not only the back, it's the conditioning.''
Helm saw a specialist in New York on Feb. 25. He discovered a small tear in a disc.
“We're a lot more optimistic today about him than we were a week ago,'' Holland said. “He's going to go on the ice a little each day. If there's no setbacks he'll push it more. It's a positive step in his rehab.''
Otherwise, the news isn't good regarding Valtteri Filppula, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi or Carlo Colaiacovo:
Valtteri Filppula (left shoulder): Holland said he's out for at least the next three games (Thursday vs. Edmonton, Saturday at Columbus, Sunday at home vs. Columbus). They're hoping he'll be ready for the start of the Western Canada trip on March 13 in Calgary, but it's not definite. He has missed four games and hasn't practiced with the team.
Mikael Samuelsson (broken left index finger): He's out another couple of weeks. He has missed eight games with this injury and hasn't begun practicing with the team.
Todd Bertuzzi (back inflammation): He remains out indefinitely. The team has no idea when he'll be able to skate, let alone return to the lineup.
“We sent him for a second opinion, it was the same as the first,'' Holland said. “Give it more time, see where he's at.''
Carlo Colaiacovo (sprained left shoulder): He's close to returning, but the club is being cautious, so Holland doesn't expect he will play the next three games. He's been out since Jan. 21.
I don't know if the Wings are as frustrated with Colaiacovo as I am. They've been saying that he's "seven to ten days away" since early February, and we keep on hearing how the team wants to be extra cautious, extra cautious and even more cautious about defenseman's shoulder injured by Damien Brunner injured during the Spengler Cup and reinjured against St. Louis...
But this whole, "We want to make sure that he's absolutely ready and/or completely healed" talk ends up sounding like player and GM-speak for:
"His shoulder injury was way worse than we thought, and remember how he said he was still dealing with some lingering pain? Yeah, he's still got that, so we're scared shitless that he's either got a torn labrum or that he's gonna come back, get hit once and be out for the year. So we're pretending that it's all about 'being mentally ready' and 'making sure he's sure his shoulder holds up,' because WE're afraid that his shoulder won't hurt up."
Which leads me to guess--and it is a guess--that Colaiacovo might not be back for a while.
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