Darren Helm clears COVID-19 protocol and begins season prep for Detroit Red Wings

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The Detroit Red Wings received some good news on the COVID-19 front as they prepare for their second game of the season tonight.

Veteran forward Darren Helm, who hasn’t been able to skate or be around the team the past two weeks, has completed his COVID-19 protocols and is ready to begin preparations for the season.

“You miss that much time, 14 days of not exercising basically, it’s going to take a little bit,” coach Jeff Blashill said after the morning skate. “I can’t put an exact timeline on it, but certainly need a number of great skates and practices.”

Helm, who made his Red Wings debut during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is entering his 12th season with the team. He’s also in the final year of his contract.

In 697 career games, the speedy forward has scored 109 goals with 243 career points.

– – Quotes via Ansar Khan of MLive Link – –