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Darren Helm Had New Surgery, But Return Will Be “Sooner Than Later”



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I couldn’t make the optional practice today because of some parenting stuff, and neither could Brennan for the same reasons. So, the news today from Jared Bednar and the Avalanche is credited to others. The top news: Darren Helm had abductor surgery last week and was placed on Long Term Injured Reserve, according to old friend Jesse Montano from DNVR.

Bednar had hinted something new might have come up with Helm earlier this week, but said his return would be “sooner than later.” So, while there is no official target date still with Helmer, it sounds like he’s finally gotten the proper treatment he needs and that we can count on him being back at some point reasonably soon.

Darren Helm going on LTIR also was probably a strategic cap move by GM Chris MacFarland, to better deal with his revolving door or injured players/callups.

Speaking of injured players: Bednar also said today that Shane Bowers (upper body) had an MRI this morning, but that the results aren’t yet known. As Montano reported, Bednar said there will be a forward callup from the Colorado Eagles for Saturday’s game with Carolina.

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My bet is on Mikhail Maltsev, but I’d love to see Jean-Luc Foudy get a shot. Foudy, a center, has 10 points in 11 games for the Eagles.

I watched Foudy pretty closely at a recent Eagles game, and I like his hockey sense and good skating stride.

Poor Greg Cronin, though, right? The coach of the Eagles keeps losing all his top guys. But that’s how it goes in the AHL. The Eagles still continue to play pretty well, though.

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Alexander A.

Good idea for Foudy. It’s time to test.

peter martin

JLF please!

Al Rittenhouse

Foudy was all over the place the other night and is always full speed ahead. Something I think thats lacking in Kauts game as he to me is inconsistent with intensity. On a side note Johansson made some unbelievable saves the other night to keep the Eagles in the game

Jared Moss

Im betting bowers frigged up his shoulder you could see him leaving the ice unable to move his left arm trying to kick up his arm with his leg. And I wonder why landy hasn’t hit the LTIR why choose helm?

Adam Hunter

I was curious about this as well


From my very basic understanding, ltir doesn’t actually relieve cap space, and they are trying to accrue cap for the trade deadline. So they have wanted to avoid placing anyone on ltir, but felt the need to do so now, as it would allow us to actually go over the cap. Landeskog or Nuke going on ltir would hurt us more then benefit us, and Helm does to just not as much


I hope the Avs give Foudy his first chance to show what he can do as Maltsev hasn’t shown much with his chances.


It absolutely should be Foudy or Olausson before we see Malstev or Megna again

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