|Assets:||Skates incredibly well, works extremely hard every shift and plays a smart two-way game. Is responsible enough to be on the ice with the game on the line. Can play both center and wing.|
|Flaws:||Is a little on the smallish side, so he must do a better job of avoiding injuries due to his industrious style of play. May not have enough of an offensive arsenal to produce regularly in the big league.|
|Career Potential:||Solid, speedy checking forward.|
|NHL||Stanley Cup||2007-08 (Detroit)|
|Memorial Cup||All-Star Team||2006-07|
|2/05/2013||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|1/27/2013||Back injury, day-to-day.|
|1/25/2013||Missed 3 games (back injury).|
|1/18/2013||Back injury, injured reserve.|
|6/19/2012||Re-signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a four-year contract.|
|4/20/2012||Missed the last 4 playoff games (right forearm injury).|
|4/13/2012||Right forearm injury, remainder of the playoffs.|
|4/11/2012||Missed the last 10 regular season games (left knee injury).|
|3/19/2012||Left knee injury, sidelined indefinitely.|
|1/08/2012||Missed 4 games (groin).|
|8/04/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings to a two-year contract.|
|12/19/2009||Missed 2 games (wrist injury).|
|12/14/2009||Wrist injury, day-to-day.|
|10/13/2009||Missed 4 games (right arm injury).|
|9/15/2009||Right arm injury, early October.|
|4/13/2009||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/02/2009||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|2/03/2009||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/28/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|11/26/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/21/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/16/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/07/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/13/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/11/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|4/06/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/24/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/18/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/17/2008||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|3/12/2008||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/19/2007||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|10/03/2007||Recalled from Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|9/29/2007||Assigned to Grand Rapids (AHL).|
|9/27/2006||Signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a three-year contract.|
|9/20/2006||Assigned to Medicine Hat (WHL).|
|9/17/2005||Returned to his junior team (Medecine Hat-WHL).|
|7/30/2005||Drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 5th round (132nd overall) in 2005.|
Helm was 'fatigued' after 10-minute skate | 04/30/2013 9:50 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) skated for 10 minutes Monday and said he was "fatigued."
ImpactHelm has played in just one game this season due to the back injury and the postseason is no time to try to get your legs back. We don't expect Helm to play again this season.
Babcock doesn't expect Helm back this season | 04/09/2013 4:46 PM
NewsDetroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock doesn't expect Darren Helm (back) to play again this season.
Impact"He's not going to play hockey, right, this year, I don't think,'' Babcock said after Tuesday's practice. "We got to get ourselves in the playoffs and be ready to go without him." Helm has played just one game this season due to a torn ligament in his back. His recovery has been a constant stop-and-go process full of false starts and setbacks, but this seems to be the most definitive update we've gotten on his status this season.
Darren Helm resumes skating | 04/04/2013 9:46 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) is skating again.
Impact"The last couple of weeks have been pretty positive," said Helm. "I've been skating quite a bit and working out and doing different things. I've been progressing, and it's not getting worse." Helm is hoping that he'll play again before the end of the 2013 campaign.
Darren Helm stopped skating, has no timetable | 04/02/2013 5:49 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) has stopped skating and the Red Wings don't know when he'll return to the lineup.
ImpactHelm has a torn ligament in his back near a disc but was thought to be a week or two away at the beginning of March. Unfortunately, he missed his target date of March 20 and has played in just one game this season. "I think everybody's frustrated, I think the doctors are frustrated, I think the training staff is frustrated and Helm is frustrated," GM Ken Holland said.
Darren Helm suffers a setback | 03/19/2013 8:19 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) will not be in the Detroit lineup as hoped for on March 20th as he suffered a setback.
ImpactHelm has a torn ligament in his back near a disc and has played only once this season. "It didn't feel too good traveling (on the recent western Canadian trip) and sitting down a lot," said Helm, who has a torn ligament near his disc and has been limited to one game. "I don't know if that was the cause. We were pushing it pretty hard on the ice." Helm skated for 10 minutes in practice Monday before calling it a day. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Darren Helm hopes to return next week | 03/13/2013 10:24 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) is hoping to return on March 20.
ImpactHelm took part in Tuesday's practice. "There's still a few things I want to overcome as far as strengthening it and not feeling any pain after skating or the next day," Helm said. "It definitely did take a big step last week. I started skating Monday, just a few little whirls around the rink, nothing too hard, and I pushed it a little harder (later in the week). (Tuesday) was the first time I was with the team in five, six weeks and it was definitely nice to be out there and see the end (to the injury) coming close."
Darren Helm skates with Wings for first time | 03/12/2013 6:35 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) skated with the Detroit Red Wings for the first time Tuesday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm had been skating on his own and is expect to return to the lineup in two to three weeks. Helm aggravated a back injury during his season debut on Jan. 25 and hasn't played since. He won't have much fantasy value but will be a boost to the Red Wings' bottom six.
Darren Helm should return in 2-3 weeks | 03/11/2013 7:21 AM
NewsLook for Darren Helm (back) to return to action in two-three weeks.
ImpactHelm has played in only one game this season and the Red Wings miss his play as a bottom six forward. He is not worth a fantasy spot once he returns but the Red Wings will certainly be happy to see him back. He has been skating of late.
Darren Helm (back) is on the ice Friday | 03/08/2013 4:50 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) skated prior to Detroit's Friday practice.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm isn't likely to return to Detroit's lineup for at least a few more weeks. He's only played in one game this season.
Darren Helm (back) hopes to skate this week | 03/04/2013 5:43 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) hopes to resume skating this week.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHe hasn't been seen on the ice since Jan. 26 and is still sidelined with a back injury that he suffered while doing squats before the start if training camp. Helm has played in just one game this season.
Darren Helm is recovering from a torn disk | 03/02/2013 9:15 PM
NewsDarren Helm has a torn disk in his back.
ImpactAt least now Helm knows what he's dealing with. The injury comes with a six-to-eight week timetable and he's already spent five weeks on the sidelines. "I do feel better," Helm said. "That's the silver lining, I guess. It's just rest and slowly rehab and hope it gets better. It's definitely a lot better. Just daily stuff moving around the house and just getting down here, it feels better. Before, I wasn't able to do any exercises comfortably, and I'm starting to do that now."
Ken Holland says Darren Helm needs 'time' | 02/26/2013 5:03 PM
NewsDetroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland says Darren Helm (back) simply needs "time" to recover.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm visited a specialist in New York on Monday but received the same diagnosis of rest and medication for the strained ligament in his back. Holland admitted that Helm is frustrated that the injury is not healing as quickly as hoped, but Holland noted the Red Wings will be conservative with the injury and called Helm's recovery a "slow process." It sounds like it could be quite a while before Helm is back on the ice and any owners that were holding out for a quicker return should move on now.
Darren Helm to visit back specialist Monday | 02/25/2013 12:19 PM
NewsDarren Helm will visit a back specialist in New York on Monday.
ImpactHelm has played in just one game this season while dealing with back issues and admitted recently that the lack of playing time is starting to bother him. There is still no timetable for Helm's return to the lineup, although doctors have ruled out disk or structural issues. Hopefully a visit to the specialist will provide some clarity.
Lack of games getting to Darren Helm | 02/18/2013 11:22 AM
NewsThe lack of playing time is starting to get to Darren Helm (back).
ImpactHelm has played in just two games since March 17. One during the 2012 playoffs and another on Jan. 25. "Mentally, I've had a couple of bad days here and there," Helm said. "It's been a long time since I've played hockey or been healthy, and it's something I want to do and love to do, and when you don't have a chance to do that, it does get you down. But I'm surrounded by a lot of good people around the rink, I get a lot of support from family and friends, and the time will come when I'll be able to play and be healthy and I just have to look at that." The bad news is that there's no timetable for his return.
Darren Helm is out indefinitely | 02/14/2013 11:10 AM
NewsRed Wings GM Ken Holland said Darren Helm (back) is "out indefinitely."
Detroit Free Press
Impact"Could be one week. Could be one month. I don't know," Holland said. Helm hasn't even skated since Jan. 25.
Darren Helm isn't likely to return soon | 02/13/2013 11:10 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) isn't believed to be close to returning.
Impact"I saw him walk in here (Tuesday) and I haven't seen him since, so he must not be very close," Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Helm has already missed 11 of Detroit's 12 games this season.
Darren Helm is out until at least Monday | 02/07/2013 10:44 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) had an injection and will need to rest until Monday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm saw a back specialist and "they ruled out everything bad," according to Red Wings GM Ken Holland. It's not clear when Helm will be available to return, but he will miss at least three more games.
Darren Helm's back injury is still a mystery | 02/05/2013 2:56 PM
NewsDarren Helm isn't sure what the cause of his back problem is even after undergoing a number of tests Monday.
Impact"Nothing new, we don't really know what the main cause is," Helm said. he said that some days are better than others and he's not sure why. As it is, he's missed seven of Detroit's eight games this season and he hasn't skated since Jan. 26.
Darren Helm (back) will have a bone scan soon | 02/04/2013 6:09 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) is expected to have a bone scan in the coming days.
ImpactHelm hasn't skated in a few days and there's no timetable for his return. "Just trying to stay positive," said Helm.
D. Helm won't start skating until next week | 02/01/2013 2:38 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) doesn't plan to resume skating until next week.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm attempted to return on Jan. 25, but he suffered a setback. He'll miss two more games this weekend.
Darren Helm wasn't available Tuesday | 01/30/2013 11:19 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) wasn't able to play on Tuesday.
ImpactHelm sustained a setback over the weekend, but the doctors don't feel that he was rushed back. "I talked to all the doctors and they confirmed I wasn't too early jumping on (the ice) and they probably would have let me go on the ice at the same time I did," Helm said. "That was good to hear we didn't rush or I pushed it too hard." Helm has played in just one of Detroit's six contests.
Helm's back MRI reveals no structural damage | 01/28/2013 4:09 PM
NewsDarren Helm had a second MRI on his back Monday and although it revealed no structural damage, he isn't expected to return to the team's lineup this week.
Detroit Free Press
Impact"It's just a re-aggravation of an old injury," said GM Ken Holland. "There's a little inflammation, so he's going to get an anti-inflammatory and take a few days off." Helm injured his back while working out just before training camp began and he's played in just one game this year as a result.
Back injury lands Darren Helm back on shelf | 01/27/2013 6:18 PM
NewsDaren Helm (back) will miss Sunday's Detroit Red Wings-Chicago Blackhawks clash.
Chris Kuc on Twitter
ImpactThe Red Wings could use his skating and aggression against a red-hot Blackhawks team, but it sounds like his back issue is flaring up again. He made a nice impact on Friday, recording four hits.
Darren Helm leads Wings in hits in return | 01/26/2013 12:14 PM
NewsDarren Helm returned to the Detroit Red Wings' lineup Friday night after a back injury and contributed significantly to the team's 5-3 victory over the visiting Minnesota Wild.
ImpactHelm played 12 minutes and 27 seconds and led the Wings with four hits.
Darren Helm will return Friday | 01/25/2013 6:07 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) will make his season debut on Friday.
ImpactHelm is projected to center the third line between Daniel Cleary and Justin Abdelkader. He had 26 points and a plus-five rating in 68 games last season.
Darren Helm will probably play Friday | 01/25/2013 11:48 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) is probable for Friday's game.
Impact"It's been a long time since I've been healthy," said Helm. "Less is more for me to start. Just keep it simple and try not to do too much." He had nine goals and 26 points in 68 games last season.
Darren Helm is questionable Friday | 01/24/2013 11:18 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) might return on Friday.
ImpactHelm has missed Detroit's first three games due to the ailment. He had nine goals and 26 points in 68 games last season.
Darren Helm will probably miss first 3 games | 01/18/2013 7:26 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) isn't likely to return until Jan. 25.
ImpactIn other words, Helm will miss Detroit's first three games. "With the back it's never good to make worse, so I'll use the weekend to try to get on the ice and get a couple of practices in," Helm said.
Red Wings put Darren Helm on IR list | 01/18/2013 11:25 AM
NewsDarren Helm (back) has been placed on the injured reserve list.
ImpactHelm won't be available on Saturday or Monday and he's doubtful for Tuesday's contest. That being said, he might be able to return in about a week.
Darren Helm unlikely to start season on time | 01/15/2013 3:30 PM
NewsDarren Helm (back) said "probably not" when asked if he would be ready to play in the Detroit Red Wings' season opener Saturday.
Detroit Free Press
ImpactHelm tweaked his back during a workout last week and although an MRI was negative, it's probably best for the Wings to be cautious with him early in the season. We'll keep you updated as the weekend gets closer, but it looks like Helm will be sidelined for at least a game or two.
Darren Helm's MRI comes back negative | 01/13/2013 6:31 PM
NewsDarren Helm had an MRI on his back and the results were negative.
Detroit Free Press
Impact"I just strained some muscles, doing squats," Helm said. "But it's just a muscle strain, so, day-by-day." He should be fine for the start of the season.
Helm dealing with back injury | 01/13/2013 9:52 AM
NewsRed Wings forward Darren Helm is dealing with a back injury,
ImpactHelm tweaked his back during a workout last week, but the ailment is not considered serious. He will miss the start of training camp, but could be ready for opening night.
Darren Helm has an undisclosed injury | 01/11/2013 9:14 PM
NewsDarren Helm is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
ImpactHelm hasn't skated for days and will be re-evaluated on Monday. Red Wings GM Ken Holland said that Helm aggravated something while working out. It's worth noting that Helm dealt with separate knee and forearm injuries last season.
|Goals||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||1|
|Assists||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||2|
|Points||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||3|
|Penalty Minutes||2||vs. Min||Jan 25||2|
|Plus/Minus||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||0|
|Power Play Points||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||vs. Min||Jan 25||0|
|Shots||1||vs. Min||Jan 25||5|
|Penalty Minutes||18||2009-10 (Det)|
|Shorthanded Goals||3||2009-10 (Det)|
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