|That's one hell of a scar. (Ansar Khan, MLive.com)|
You probably remember the Detroit Red Wings' first-round playoff series with the Nashville Predators and the ugly situation that came out of Game 1. No, not the Shea Weber incident, but the freak accident involving Red Wings forward Darren Helm and the skate of Nashville's Alexander Radulov.
It was ugly. Radulov was flipped into the air and his skate sliced the arm of Helm who, after a short delay, flung his glove off and skated furiously toward the bench grabbing his forearm. If you want to see it again, click here.
That was the last game that Helm played in the series as the accident resulted in lacerated tendons in his arm.
But there is good news. Helm is doing better and he has a pretty awesome scar to show for his troubles. Helm told Ansar Khan of MLive.com that he has progressed but is still a little behind where he would normally be at this point of the year.
"Feels good shooting, passing, everything feels fine," Helm said Tuesday after joining his teammates for an informal practice at Joe Louis Arena. "Haven't had any pain or trouble with it. My doctors have told me it's on track. We got past that troubled stage a long time ago."
"I can still feel it when I do things I normally do," Helm said. "I'm not lifting as much as I normally do at this time. Only had a month before I got here before I could get going. Little bit behind in that aspect. But everything I've done so far, it's felt good."
While Helm is like the rest of the players and doesn't want to see a lockout come to fruition, as he told Khan, he's the type of player who would benefit from at least a short one. Thanks to the NHLPA's memo to the players, we can assume Helm, given his still-recovering state, would be entitled to money due to him in his contract as long as he would be unable to play. Moreover, delaying the start of the season would give him more time to get where he needs to be.
Helm played 68 games last season, scoring nine goals with 17 assists, bringing his speed and defense to the third line. He is a key cog of Detroit's PK unit, and his absence is certainly felt when he's off the ice.
His scar isn't quite as cool/gruesome as Taylor Hall's, but it's not too far behind.