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by George Malik on 07/15/13 at 11:15 AM ET
Darren Helm seemed to be happy, speedy and just relaxed as he engaged in the final practice at the Red Wings' development camp, and after he skated, MLive's Brendan Savage spoke with Helm to receive an update on the state of Helm's healing back:
"They went really well," he said Monday on the final day of the Development Camp at Centre Ice Arena. "I wasn't too sure how it was going to go. It felt good. I'm optimistic. Heading on the right path. It's a good start to summer training. I'm getting closer to the end of rehab so I can get closer to actually pushing it. I'm looking forward to getting on the ice a little more and working harder."
Helm said any discomfort he experienced in the last week had nothing do with the back injury. It was more of a case of reintroducing his body to the rigors of professional hockey.
"It's muscles I haven't worked in a long time," he said. "It's just muscle pain. It's not pain I haven't felt before. I felt it a little bit at night. Every time I got out on the ice, it worked out. I felt good. It's encouraging."
Now, Helm will return to Detroit and complete his rehab before stepping up his workout regime in preparation for training camp in September.
"It's all kind of rehab now," he said. "Strength, getting stronger, quicker and faster, being able to move it in a different way. It's not something that will happen in a week, a weekend. It's going to take a month, six weeks, seven-eight weeks."
So the camp was a success?
"I hope so," Helm said. "I believe so. It was good."
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