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by George Malik on 09/03/13 at 03:37 PM ET
I'd have preferred to keep this within today's practice post, but as Darren Helm watch is something of a concern of international proportions, the Free Press's Helene St. James took note of the fact that Helm did not skate today at the Joe:
Last week, Helm was part of the growing-daily number of Detroit Red Wings who have had enough of summer and were getting a head start on avoiding pulled groins by skating at Joe Louis Arena. Training camp doesn't begin until next week, but there's ice at the Joe.
So why wasn't Helm on that ice today? His coach figures he knows.
"I didn't see him today, so he must be doing really good," Mike Babcock said, smiling. "He had another day off, I would assume."
Helm, of course, basically hasn't played hockey in a year and a half. He missed all but one game in the lockout-shortened 2013 season because of a sore back. He's supposedly doing great now.
"Obviously, things are going good for him, and he must be getting ready to go," Babcock said.
Know this, though: The Wings aren't banking on Helm until they see him play — and play again.
"It's going to be half a year," Babcock said of Helm's full recovery. "It's going to take him some time to get to be Darren Helm, just strengthwise. There's no way you can be who you are if you've been off as much. But he's got to feel good about himself. The times I've talked to him, he feels good and getting better."
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