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by George Malik on 05/30/13 at 03:10 PM ET
MLive's Ansar Khan reported that Red Wings forward Valtteri Filppula will miss 6-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain and that Mikael Samuelsson may need surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, and as we talk about possible roster moves and Wings GM Ken Holland talks about sticking to his plan (which would mean very few roster moves), Holland also dished playoff injury dirt to the Free Press's Helene St. James:
Holland also said today that Jimmy Howard played with a pulled hamstring at the end of the Anaheim series.
Other than that, both forward Daniel Cleary and defenseman Niklas Kronwall were banged up, each dealing with the effects of monstrous hits. Kronwall got clotheslined in Game 5 by Chicago forward Bryan Bickell and "was playing with an injured shoulder," Holland said. "He hurt his hand in the Anaheim series."
Cleary suffered a second-degree separated left shoulder and a fractured left finger after he was slammed into the boards by Anaheim's Daniel Winnik in Game 5.
St. James continues, and offers the following:
"We had lots of players banged up," Holland said. "All teams do. It's the playoffs. You're playing every other night. Players are getting beat up every second night. It's a lot of hockey."
[Danny] DeKeyser was lost to a broken right thumb in Game 2 against Anaheim, requiring surgery May 7. Holland said DeKeyser would have been cleared next Tuesday — exactly four weeks after an operation to have a plate and screws permanently inserted into his thumb. Had the Wings advanced to meet the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference finals, DeKeyser might have been back for Game 3.
As for forward Darren Helm, who spent all season, save one game, battling a perplexing and aggravating back injury, the Wings have shut him down for a couple weeks, after which he'll take baby steps in recovery attempt No. 20.
"He's seen three or four doctors, and every one of them has said they don't see anything," Holland said. "Every doctor has ruled out this, has ruled out that. Our focus now is to have Helm ready for training camp in September."
It appears that the Red Wings will clean out their lockers tomorrow, and we'll find out more about injuries--as well as where some players are leaning regarding their futures, and what Holland and Mike Babcock want to see happen roster-wise--a day from now.
Update: MLive's Ansar Khan also offers an update regarding Helm:
"The plan is to get him ready for September,'' general manager Ken Holland said. “The plan is to let him heal. We need him healthy in September.''
Helm, 26, was limited to one game this season, on Jan. 25, due to recurring back pain. He was injured the first week of January, a couple of days before training camp, while lifting weights. Doctors haven't been able to pinpoint the cause of the pain.
“He's been to about four doctors who've said there's no structural damage,'' Holland said. “In order to get him playing, doctors asked him to push through it. He would push through it, feel good and then experience pain. Now, there's no use for him to push through it.''
They decided two weeks ago to shut him down and start from scratch.
“He's on a rehab program,'' Holland said. “He's doing baby steps.''
Holland said it will probably take Helm half the season to get up to speed, considering how much time he has missed. He has appeared in only two games since March 17, 2012, when he injured his knee. In his first game back, the playoff opener against Nashville, Helm's forearm was cut by a skate, severing tendons and ending his season.
“We got to get Darren Helm healthy for next year,'' Holland said. “The third-line center is an important part of any team.''
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