Traverse City – The news on Darren Helm turned out to be a bit more serious than originally thought.
Helm, who suffered a concussion during a violent collision Thursday with prospect Jerome Verrier, also suffered a left shoulder separation and will miss two-to-four weeks, general manager Ken Holland said Saturday.
Verrier broke his right leg during the collision and underwent surgery Saturday.
Helm’s injury is a Grade 1 separation, said Holland, the least serious. But it will still likely keep Helm out of the regular-season opener Oct. 9 against Toronto, as Helm also attempts to gain clearance from his concussion.
The concussion protocol generally takes a week, although Holland said Saturday morning Helm was feeling”great.”
It’s the second consecutive season Helm has suffered an injury early in training camp.
Helm suffered a facial injury the first exhibition game last season, but returned in time to begin the regular season.
Coach Jeff Blashill was optimistic Helm would return on the short end of the multi-week prediction.
“My understanding is, I don’t think his shoulder will hold him back any longer than whatever coming back from the concussion is,” Blashill said.