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Not looking too good for Helm

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Dave Sandford

Red Wings News

Red Wings sign defense prospect Mattias Backman, who's shown much improvement in Sweden |
This guy is going to be good. I officially pronounce myself as Mattias Bäckman's number one fan. So in 10 years when he is winning Norris trophy's with Ryan Sproul, I can say that I am his number one fan and actually have something to back it up.

Red Wings' Darren Helm staying off ice after latest setback, hoping extended rest will cure back |

I know I am maybe overreacting but I have thought the same thing for a while. Is this it for Helm? It's tough to think about but he has played like 4-5 games in the last year. Not good. Plus, a back issue isn't like breaking a hand, these things can linger.

Bad news/good news: Red Wings’ Darren Helm’s definitely done, but Danny DeKeyser may yet return | The Malik Report

Why must you give me bad news Malik?

Blackhawks and Red Wings have 2 of the NHL's top coaches matching wits in 2nd-round series - The Hockey News
Only one of them actually has wits.

DeKeyser holding out hope for playoff return | ProHockeyTalk
"As long as they keep winning here, that just gives me a better chance for a return with every win." - Dekeyser

Red Wings' Daniel Cleary back to his old self | Toronto Sun
We need Cleary to be good. In fact, we need him to be great.

Shoalts: Red Wings are proof that depth means everything in the playoffs - The Globe and Mail
The lack of depth is why the Ducks lost in the 1st round. They simply couldn't match the Wings on all four lines.

Cole: Holland builds another winner | Windsor Star
When has he not built a winner?

NHL News

Alain Vigneault fired by Canucks; Two assistants also gone -
Cleaning house i see.

Veteran blueliner Sutton retires from NHL | TSN
Edmonton Oilers lose one of their best defenseman. And I am only slightly exaggerating.

Kings in a good spot despite adversity - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
I hope that San Jose beats the Kings. I think the Wings have a better chance than them and I want the Wings to beat the Sharks before leaving the West.

Gillis: Vigneault fired because results weren’t there | ProHockeyTalk
Disappointing considering all of the talent that Vancouver has. Goaltender situation kind of screwed them over a bit though. It hung over the team all season.

LA Kings apologize for Kevin Ryder’s sexual assault joke on Twitter | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
For someone who isn't offended by it, it was kind of funny. But not funny enough to warrant you tweeting it on an official NHL twitter account.

Is it Panic Time for the Blackhawks? | The Hockey Writers
It's panic time. The Wings are-a-coming!

Brad Richards, postseason disaster for the New York Rangers | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
Remember when we wanted him to come to Detroit? Yeah, I am glad that didn't happen.

After starring for Team USA, Ducks goalie Gibson ‘ready for the NHL right now’ | ProHockeyTalk
Decent goaltending depth in Anaheim at the moment.

Veteran blueliner Sutton retires from NHL | TSN
Edmonton Oilers lose one of their best defenseman. And I am only slightly exaggerating.

Darin Pastor wants to know why his offer to buy the Coyotes was rejected | ProHockeyTalk
Pastor wanted to pay the cost of purchasing the team over a 15-year period which the NHL clearly didn't like. Also, Pastor included an out-clause which allowed him to relocate the team in 3-5 years if he didn't like the situation in Phoenix. After finding this out I totally understand why the NHL rejected the bid. Basically no money now plus the Coyotes would maybe still move.

Jakub Voracek crashes, totals Ferrari in Czech Republic; Flyers say he’s OK (Photos) | Puck Daddy - Yahoo! Sports
At first I thought this was about Jakub Kindl, but then I read the rest of the title and breathed out.

Let's Go Red Wings!