Helgeson was assigned to AHL Albany on Wednesday. With the potential return of Pavel Zacha (concussion) looming, the Devils needed to unload one of their eight defensemen. The 26-year-old drew into just four games since being recalled Jan. 30, netting a goal and posting a plus-2 rating.
Helgeson cleared waivers Saturday, but the Devils didn't immediately send him to AHL Albany, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The team's hesitancy to send Helgeson directly to its minor-league affiliate could signal that a trade is in the works. A brawny blueliner listed at 6-foot-4 and 214 pounds, it's conceivable that the 26-year-old ends up in a packaged trade since he qualifies as a rental player with unrestricted free-agent status this summer. However, if he stays put in the Devils system, something has to give as the team currently has a lopsided roster composition comprised of eight healthy defensemen and the bare minimum up front.
Helgeson was waived by the Devils on Friday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. The Devils are yielding 31.4 shots per game this season to the detriment of starting goalie Cory Schneider, so it's no surprise to see a bit of a shakeup on the blue line. Helgeson has found a second home in the press box, appearing in just nine games this campaign, so he may be hoping for another team to scoop him up. Otherwise, the third-year defender likely would take a step back by toiling in the minors with AHL Albany.
Helgeson was recalled from AHL Albany on Monday. Prior to getting sent down, Helgeson was a healthy scratch in six of the Devils' last seven outings, but with Andy Green (upper body) and John Moore (concussion) still on injured reserve, Helgeson could suit up when the team travels to Detroit on Tuesday.
Helgeson was sent down to AHL Albany on Thursday. The blueliner has been fruitless in both leagues this year, with no points in five games in the NHL and five points in 30 games in the AHL. If he finds his way back to the big league before the season ends, don't expect much fantasy production from the 26-year-old.
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