I'm sorry to be rather forward about this, but any consideration to the thought that Helm should retire is a load of bs.
I've had a bad back since I was 14, and recurring kidney stone issues since 2008. Passing a kidney stone is arguably the most painful thing a person can endure (or so I've been told) (and my experiences confirm it), and it's taken a big chunk out of my life, in terms of not being able to do things I once could, and having a lower quality of life than I'd like. All the while, there's always someone in my life saying something to the effect of, "Suck it up, wimp. We all have problems, but you don't see anyone else peeing blood and crying about it, do you?" All of which is to say: I have all the empathy in the world for Darren Helm. Especially since various health issues forced me to quit hockey well before I was ready.
Accordingly, I worry about him. I wonder if maybe calling it quits wouldn't be the best thing for him, long-term. He's had about 9,000 injuries over the past couple of years, some of them freakish, some of them very serious, all of them pointing to one thing: he's becoming extraordinarily injury-prone, and/or "unlucky." He's still young, has - the last time I checked - a gorgeous girlfriend who's crazy about him. I know if someone else were saying this, I'd be all over them, so I'm not entirely sure why I'm even saying it. But maybe the possibility of "saving his health" is something he should at least keep in the back of his mind.
And, yeah, there is that "I'm a Wings fan first and a Helm fan second" angle. It does frustrate me that we're always short a third-line center, and that he happens to be one of the best third-line centers in the league when he's healthy, so it's a fairly big hole, even with Andersson and Glendening and Sheahan stepping up. I'm not turning on him. I could never do that, because what I said above about my own struggles is true. But, if his injury woes continue, it might be worth considering a trade - not just for the team's sake, but his own. (Maybe a change of scenery would help break the curse for him.) Sather is facing a somewhat similar situation with Callahan. When he's healthy, he's their heart and soul. But it's doubtful he'll be effective much longer, because of his size (or lack thereof) and the way he plays.
I'll probably be crucified for this post. "OMG UR SAYING WE SHOULD TRADE/BUY OUT DARREN HELM. UR NOT A TRUE WINGS FAN. SHAME ON YOU." I'm not saying anything should be done. It's just, being injured for two years can raise some questions. I don't mean exceedingly negative questions like "IS HE JUST FAKING IT?" or "WHY IS HE SO SOFT?" What I really want to see is Darren Helm shake this curse that's been placed on him (by Cory Emmerton, obviously) and kick ass on the ice. I think everyone can agree on that.
Sorry, kinda derailed the thread.
I'm a big believer in Jurco. And Sheahan is really impressing. The silver lining in all of these injuries is that these kids are taking the ball and running with it. You'd hope Cleary and Sammy and Bert are worrying about their jobs, but we know that's not the case. Still, good for the kids. They - Jurco and Sheahan - should make the team next fall. Glendening has also been good. Love his intensity.
And yet...none of our injured players are coming back! And we'll be without Tatar! Why do The Hockey Gods hate us?!